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We are in the prototyping phase of our data warehouse.

  • Douglas Hackney, David Marco
  • August 01 1999, 1:00am EDT


We are in the prototyping phase of our data warehouse. The data domain is chosen and approved by the executive committee. My IT partners recommend we use a software called Oracle warehouse builder, which would be actually in a beta 2 phase. I am skeptical about the pertinence and efficiency of that recommendation. Do you have an advice on this?


David Marco's Answer: While I am not personally familiar with Oracle Warehouse Builder, I always look to discourage my clients from implementing on software that is in beta of any sort. There tends to be enough challenges surrounding learning and implementing software than having to work around the bugs. One question I would ask your IT partners is if they have a partnership with the software company and if they receive a commission from your purchase of the product.

Doug Hackney's Answer: In general, if using beta software, you must expect a 30- 60 percent overhead of dealing with the vendor's issues. You are, in effect, joining their development team. The key question is: What are you gaining in return? Are you getting the production release at a vastly reduced price or for free? How much is your time worth? The time of your team? What is the best possible outcome related to your participation? The worst possible outcome? The upside must be worth the risk and the inherent delays, frustrations and dead ends associated with any beta experience.

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