Why Build a Data Warehouse? [Revisited]

Speaking with our clients, I’m often reminded that C-Level and Senior Managers still need to understand why you’d need to build a Data Warehouse, and ultimately what the organization will gain from money invested into it.

I had a dig back over my collected articles/links and re-discovered a couple of good slideshare.net presentation which present a good case for building Data Warehouses.

I also found it worthwhile to revisit what Ralph Kimball had to say on the subject;

“The goal of a data warehouse and business intelligence (DW/BI) solution is to publish the “right” data and make it easily accessible to decision-makers. Successful DW/BI implementations rest on the foundation of a dimensional model to deliver both ease-of-use and query performance.”


I’d be interested to hear about your ideas/success stories of what works with the C-Level when talking about the need for a Data Warehouse.


About Andy Painter

A passionate Information and Data Architect with experience of the financial services industry, Andy’s background spans pharmaceuticals, publishing, e-commerce, retail banking and insurance, but always with a focus on data. One of Andy’s principle philosophies is that data is a key business asset.
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