In last month’s column we focused on business process maturity and taking the pulse of the organization from a data warehouse readiness perspective. This month, we will focus on the first critical step in our data warehouse development life cycle process the initiation and planning phase.
In setting up our data warehouse project, a number of perceptions and prejudices come to mind. The biggest, or at least most significant, perception which must be addressed is determining if we are really building a data warehouse. A data warehouse has four primary characteristics as defined by Bill Inmon:
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