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Building the Data Warehouse [Kindle Edition]

W. H. Inmon
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Book Description

The data warehousing bible updated for the new millennium

Updated and expanded to reflect the many technological advances occurring since the previous edition, this latest edition of the data warehousing "bible" provides a comprehensive introduction to building data marts, operational data stores, the Corporate Information Factory, exploration warehouses, and Web-enabled warehouses. Written by the father of the data warehouse concept, the book also reviews the unique requirements for supporting e-business and explores various ways in which the traditional data warehouse can be integrated with new technologies to provide enhanced customer service, sales, and support-both online and offline-including near-line data storage techniques.

Editorial Reviews


"...a clear and well thought out textI would recommend it to anyone working in data management or considering setting up a data warehouse..." (Managing Information, 9 October 2002)

"overall, this is a clear and well thought out text. I would recommend this to anyone working in data management or considering setting up a data warehouse" (Managing Information, December 2002)

From the Back Cover

Learn the most recent advances in data warehousing technology from the "Father of Data Warehousing"

Since it was first published in 1990, W. H. Inmon's Building the Data Warehouse has become the bible of data warehousing-- the first and best introduction to the subject. A lot has changed in data warehousing technology since the last edition appeared in 1996, and this latest volume is completely revised to reflect exciting new techniques and applications, update existing topics, and examine data marts, operational data stores, and the corporate

information factory.

In this Third Edition, Inmon explains what a data warehouse is (and isn't), why it's needed, how it works, and how the traditional data warehouse can be integrated with new technologies, including the Web, to provide enhanced customer service and support. He also addresses the trade-offs between normalized data warehouses and dimensional data marts.

In addition, this unique overview of data warehousing reviews new subjects such as:
* Data warehousing techniques for customer sales and support, both online and offline
* Data warehousing for decision support, including data mining and exploration warehousing
* Adoption of near-line storage techniques to vastly increase the capacity and access speed of data warehouses
* Integration of data warehouses with ERP systems
* The unique requirements for supporting e-businesses, including the capturing and analysis of clickstream data

Product Details

  • File Size: 10441 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (April 21, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000RRS24C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #630,372 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Provides basic generic advice June 5, 2009
By F. Hu
As other reviers have mentioned, this book covers wide, but not that deep. Like many books, it gives advice so generic as to be useless, but an easy to understand overview has its importance too, so perhaps this is a good place to start.

So you will see the basic problems of combining data from different sources into one place, but not necessarily how to do it. Very little is dedicated to the issues around moving that data or ETL.

This book has many chapters, many of which may not apply to your situation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good and Bad September 12, 2007
This book is a good introduction to data warehousing. However, the style is remarkably bad. It is very repetitious, poorly organized overall, occasionally self-contradictory, and jam-packed with cartoon-like line drawings that seldom add clarity to the discussion. The book easily could be reduced from 500 pages to 200 pages without losing any information, and with an improvement in readability.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BI for smarties August 22, 2007
In my opinion Kimball vs Inmon is not a war of religion, they both have pro and cons in different situation. I believe people seriously interested in BI should read the book and take several advices from it. There are situation in which an Inmon design is good, there are some in which it isn't BUT to be able to judge you need to know both an be able to decide based on the customer's necessity.
The pictures in the book are really ugly and useless, nevertheless the concepts are clearly stated and easily understandable. If I have to say something wrong about it is that you need to already know what a BI system is in order to get the most out of the book. It is not for newcomers but it is definetely a good book on BI.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unrewarding slog January 24, 2013
Ok, I just don't get it. "Building the data warehouse" feels like a padded and generally under-edited collection of essays on topics of varying interest. Its focus is "orthogonal" to that of Kimball's "Data warehouse toolkit"; Chapter 13 is the easy-to-see overlap, but gave me no clue about the nature of the supposed "Team Edward vs. Team Jacob"-scale conflict between the two camps. However, as far as writing is concerned, the comparison with Kimball's book is clearly not in favor of Inmon's thicker tome, highlighting its frustrating tendencies for vagueness and hand-waving.
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