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Posted April 19, 2003
A Must for Every BI/DW Professional
It is refreshing to read a book that presents in-depth techniques for developing a BI application from cradle to grave in a continuous evolutionary process. Various matrices and WBS samples in Part II of the book serve as a quick reference for iterative planning and delivering of decision-support systems.The authors have done a phenomenal job in integrating business, technical,and management aspects of a BI and decision-support system to present an exhaustive set of guidelines. After working with numerous clients and having read Inmon¿s Building the Data Warehouse, Kimball¿s The Data Warehouse Lifecycle Toolkit as well as various BI white papers, I know that data ETL and data warehouses are a major part of any BI strategy. However, after reviewing the summary of over 20 BI related books, I found that the primary focus of many BI books is normally limited to data presentation and analytical layers only.This book is an exception . I would recommend this book to expert as well as novice DW/BI professionals alike, who may be business users, data analysts, architects, project managers, statisticians,or executive stakeholders.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 2, 2003
This is an excellent book and, more importantly, it¿s very useful. It¿s loaded with specifics and checklists on what to do and how to do it (it also tells you what not to do). It lays out the pitfalls and tells you how to avoid them. The stages and steps outlined in the book are very specific and the authors, with their wealth of experience, tell you how to implement a successful data warehouse. The work breakdown structure (the tasks you need to implement the data warehouse), the deliverables matrix, and entry and exit criteria for each step are very detailed and alone are worth the price of the book. The book will give those responsible for a data warehouse the information they need to establish best practices within their own organization and will give these folks the ammunition and support to ask for the necessary resources to implement a data warehouse.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.