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Understanding the Logical Data Warehouse: The Emerging Practice

Published: 21 June 2012

ID: G00234996

Analyst(s): Roxane Edjlali , Mark Beyer


The logical data warehouse is a clear demarcation between centralized repository approaches and managed data services for analytics. Gartner presents the major components of the LDW.

Table Of Contents


  • Business Drivers
  • Defining the Logical Data Warehouse
  • Repository or No Repository, That is the Question
    • When to Build a Repository
    • When to Consider Data Virtualization
    • When to Consider Distributed Processing
  • Does the Traditional EDW Go Away?

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