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RE: Data Warehouse experts, a simple question for you| Outdated?

From: Madhusudhanan Sampath <>
Date: Thu, 23 May 2002 20:58:26 -0800
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Any comments on the book 'Oracle 8i Data Warehousing' by Michael Corey, Michael Abbey, Ian Abramson and Ben Taub (Oracle Press) ?

Thanks and Regards

>To: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L <>
>Subject: RE: Data Warehouse experts, a simple question for you| Outdated?
>Date: Thu, 23 May 2002 07:33:26 -0800
> - Glad Inmon's book is working for you. I have only read (or more
>correctly attempted to read) his articles, which can be found at
>, or at least they previously were
> - Just be aware that when you switch from reading Inmon or one of his
>followers to Kimball or one of his followers, that the meaning of some
> - The oldest Kimball articles at
> are the
>best to start with because they describe the fundamentals of data warehouse
> - I still think the email list is one of the best resources.
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>(I'm listing these for the benefit of others on this list)
>Not to discourage you, but companies often take the approach of yours, and
>hire consultants to build the site. They tend to go into a corner and
>develop it and then unveil it when they are "finished", collect their check
>and leave. If you ask questions, it is easy for them to blow past you
>because they are the experts. So from that standpoint, don't panic, just go
>along for the ride and what you can learn. But it is good to read up on
>warehousing so you can ask intelligent questions and don't sound like a
>dinosaur by asking questions like "whaddya mean it isn't normalized?". In
>DW, the real participants are the ones that interview the potential users
>and try to locate data the users will find useful. The DBA tends to be the
>one that gets ordered to load 100-gig of data every night. DW work is like
>lot of other DBA work, but quite different in some respects. At least with
>the email list, if something sounds odd, you can ask some real people for
>some input.
>Dennis Williams
>Lifetouch, Inc.

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