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Re: OLTP and history tracking?

From: Mark D Powell <markp7832_at_my-deja.com>
Date: 2000/04/21
Message-ID: <8dqakn$v7v$1@nnrp1.deja.com>#1/1

Implementing history tables via triggers on the base tables in an OLTP environment is simple and straight forward. I am not familiar with the slowly changing dimensions theory so I will have to add that to my list of things to look into.

In article <8disdr$rdm$1_at_nnrp1.deja.com>,   nbirvine_at_my-deja.com wrote:
> Hello,
>
> We are currently working at designing an OLTP database for an
> healthcare organization. The requirements and business rules
 identified
> tell us that we have to track changes in Member history.
>
> Changes in Member data would have to be tracked according to the
> principle of Slowly Changing Dimensions (type 2 and 3) to which, most
> of us are accustomed to in a data-warehousing environment. However, I
> have never heard of anyone implementing SCDs in a OLTP database. Is it
> the right approach or instead, uncharted territory?
>
> Can anyone comment on implementing Slowly Changing Dimensions in such
> scenario? What is the right approach? It seems that it would more
> realistic to implement a similar method by creating database triggers
> that would be fired off on INSERT or UPDATE or even DELETE. Then the
> triggers would populate a Member_History table that has a 1NF
> relationship with the Member table...
>
> Knowing that the amount of trigger code to write is set to be carrier
> specific, it is likely that the development effort would be quite
> enormous...
>
> Any suggestions, comments or pointer welcome.
>
> Thanks in advance!
>
> Regards,
>
> Alan.
>

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