Are You Sure You Want to Build that Data Warehouse?

Be honest with yourself. Would you want to build your own CRM or accounting application? I’m guessing you’ll say ‘No.’ And why not? Because it would be too complex, too time consuming, too costly, and require management of developers and development of infrastructure?

Yes, yes and yes. So tell me this: Why are you building or maintaining your own data warehouse? The Doomed Birth of a Data Warehouse. A few years ago, when several in the company I was working for wanted to upgrade our Microsoft Office software to its latest version, we were told we couldn’t. Why not? Because, we were advised, it would compromise the company’s “business intelligence” system. It seemed to us like a needless conflict of interest.

Author: Telmo Silva


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