Introduction to BI & DW

Guide to Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence

Business Intelligence refers to a set of methods and techniques that are used by organizations for tactical and strategic decision making. It leverages technologies that focus on counts, statistics and business objectives to improve business performance.

A Data Warehouse (DW) is simply a consolidation of data from a variety of sources that is designed to support strategic and tactical decision making.  Its main purpose is to provide a coherent picture of the business at a point in time.  Using various Data Warehousing toolsets, users are able to run online queries and 'mine" their data.

Many successful companies have been investing large sums of money in business intelligence and data warehousing tools and technologies. They believe that up-to-date, accurate and integrated information about their supply chain, products and customers are critical for their very survival.

This website introduces some key Data Warehousing concepts and terminology. It explains Data Warehousing from a historical context and discusses the underlying business and technology drivers that are making Data Warehouses a hot commodity. The site also provides guidance regarding how you can proceed with this emerging technology.

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