- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 4 edition (October 7, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764599445
- ISBN-13: 978-0764599446
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
The most comprehensive introduction to the core concepts and methods of data warehousing
Data warehouses provide a much-needed strategy for organizations to collect, store, and analyze vast amounts of business data. As businesses expand both brick-and-mortar and online activities, the field of data warehousing has become increasingly important. Since it was first published in 1990, W. H. Inmon's Building the Data Warehouse has been the bible of data warehousing it is the book that launched the data warehousing industry and it remains the preeminent introduction to the subject. This new edition covers the latest developments with this technology, many of which have been pioneered by Inmon himself.
An overview of all the fundamental components of data warehouse systems offers you a refresher of the methods used for data warehouse design; various data warehouse migration strategies; and the technologies that can be applied for loading, indexing, and managing data. In order to bring you up to date, this in-depth guide then features the latest advances in data warehousing.
New chapters cover:
- Understanding methods for handling unstructured data in a data warehouse
- Storing data across multiple storage media
- Examining the pros and cons of relational vs. multidimensional design
- Measuring return on investment in planning data warehouse projects
- Exploring advanced topics, including data monitoring and testing
About the Author
Bill Inmon, the father of the data warehouse concept, has written 40 books on data management, data warehouse, design review, and management of data processing. Bill has had his books translated into Russian, German, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Dutch. Bill has published more than 250 articles in many trade journals. Bill founded and took public Prism Solutions. His latest company — Pine Cone Systems — builds software for the management of the data warehouse/data mart environment. Bill holds two software patents. Articles, white papers, presentations, and much more material can be found on his Web site, www.billinmon.com.
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It covers the data warehousing field completely - giving a 360 degree view to a reader. However it is not very readable. The ideas are expressed in a difficult way and you can not figure out the author's higher level of flow of thought while going through one specific chapter.
There are too many diagrams. Nearly all are useless. They do not add any further clarity to the topic or the situation . If the topic will mention about a simple data flow from A to B then it will refer to a diagram which will have two rectangle boxes connected with an arrow and that is it. A mention of a slight modification in the same date flow will result in referring to a new diagram. This way of explanation frustrates the reader especially because mostly the diagrams are not placed on the same page where they are being referred to. You generally have to flip 2-3 pages to reach to the diagram page then you flip back to the topic page to discover that another reference is being made to another diagram 4-5 pages away. This frustrated me so much that I later skipped noticing the diagrams.
The book does explains a lot of things around data warehousing but it lacks the tactic to mesmerize a reader .It is definitely not for a newbie as it requires good knowledge of the field to be able to grasp the abstractness of the ideas.
If you can somehow remove the repetitive mentioning of differences between OLTP and DWH and the statement that DWH can not be build in one cycle, the book will literally shrink to half of its current size.
In any case, Inmon's book, now reviewed, is really quite a good introduction to the important, and still emerging, topic of corporate data warehousing. It is, as some other reviewers have averred, a bit light technically. However, it does provide something of a "soup to nuts" introduction to the topic. I was particularly struck by how nicely Bill dealt with the evident controversy still extant between what is styled as his data warehousing approach versus that of Ralph Kimball. Inmon respectfully cites Kimball in the corpus of this text. In so doing, he simply, and I'd judge fairly, illustrates the difference between the approaches, allowing his readers to reach their own conclusions. In the sometimes acrimonious world of technical debate, I found this approach refreshing and praise worthy.
As a practitioner of many years in the discipline, I can recommend Inmon's book as an excellent and comprehensive introduction to the important and still emerging topic. God bless.
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.