The Data Warehouse Lifecycle Toolkit / Edition 2

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Overview

A thorough update to the industry standard for designing, developing, and deploying data warehouse and business intelligence systems

The world of data warehousing has changed remarkably since the first edition of The Data Warehouse Lifecycle Toolkit was published in 1998. In that time, the data warehouse industry has reached full maturity and acceptance, hardware and software have made staggering advances, and the techniques promoted in the premiere edition of this book have been adopted by nearly all data warehouse vendors and practitioners. In addition, the term "business intelligence" emerged to reflect the mission of the data warehouse: wrangling the data out of source systems, cleaning it, and delivering it to add value to the business.

Ralph Kimball and his colleagues have refined the original set of Lifecycle methods and techniques based on their consulting and training experience. The authors understand first-hand that a data warehousing/business intelligence (DW/BI) system needs to change as fast as its surrounding organization evolves. To that end, they walk you through the detailed steps of designing, developing, and deploying a DW/BI system. You'll learn to create adaptable systems that deliver data and analyses to business users so they can make better business decisions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470149775
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/10/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 369,587
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

The authors’ professional careers have followed remarkably similar paths. Each author has focused on data warehousing and business intelligence (DW/BI) consulting and education for more than fifteen years. Most worked together at Metaphor Computer Systems, a pioneering decision support vendor, in the 1980s. All the authors are members of the Kimball Group and teach for KimballUniversity. They contribute regularly to Intelligent Enterprise magazine and other industry publications; most have previously written books in the Toolkit series.
Ralph Kimball founded the Kimball Group. Since the mid 1980s, he has been the DW/BI industry’s thought leader on the dimensional approach and trained more than 10,000 IT professionals. Ralph has his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Margy Ross is President of the Kimball Group. She has focused exclusively on DW/BI since 1982 with an emphasis on business requirements analysis and dimensional modeling. Margy graduated with a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University.

Warren Thornthwaite began his DW/BI career in 1980. After managing Metaphor’s consulting organization, he worked for Stanford University and WebTV. Warren holds a BAin Communications Studies from the University of Michigan and anMBA from the University of Pennsylvania’sWharton School.

JoyMundy has focused onDW/BIsystems since 1992 with stints at Stanford, Web TV, and Microsoft’s SQL Server product development organization. Joy graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Economics, and from Stanford University with an MS in Engineering Economic Systems.

Bob Becker has helped clients across a variety of industries with their DW/BI challenges and solutions since 1989, including extensive work with health care organizations. Bob has a BSB in Marketing from the University of Minnesota’s School of Business.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introducing the Kimball Lifecycle 1

Chapter 2 Launching and Managing the Project/Program 15

Chapter 3 Collecting the Requirements 63

Chapter 4 Introducing the Technical Architecture 109

Chapter 5 Creating the Architecture Plan and Selecting Products 179

Chapter 6 Introducing Dimensional Modeling 233

Chapter 7 Designing the Dimensional Model 287

Chapter 8 Designing the Physical Database and Planning for Performance 327

Chapter 9 Introducing Extract, Transformation, and Load 369

Chapter 10 Designing and Developing the ETL System 425

Chapter 11 Introducing Business Intelligence Applications 473

Chapter 12 Designing and Developing Business Intelligence Applications 505

Chapter 13 Deploying and Supporting the DW/BI System 541

Chapter 14 Expanding the DW/BI System 579

Glossary 593

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