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How to Design and Implement the Next-Generation Data Warehouse

Published: 24 January 2013

ID: G00238865

Analyst(s): Mei Selvage


The Nexus of Forces presents both challenges and opportunities for a traditional data warehouse (TDW). Architects need to evolve the TDW into its next generation — a logical data warehouse (LDW). This document provides practical guidelines to ensure successful design and implementation of an LDW.

Table Of Contents



  • Evolving the TDW Into the LDW
    • Nexus of Converging Forces
    • Outdated TDW Assumptions and Practices
    • The Cost of Doing Nothing
    • Benefits of the LDW
  • The LDW Reference Framework
  • The LDW Reference Architecture
  • The LDW Architecture Guidelines
    • Match the LDW Styles to the Data Structure
    • Intelligent Trade-Off Between Optimization and Reusability
    • Integrate Data Using a Toolbox Approach
  • LDW Implementation Road Map
    • Step 1: "Learn" — 90 Days
    • Step 2: "Plan" — 90 Days
    • Step 3: "Act" — 180-Day Iterations

The Details

  • An LDW Case Study
    • Guideline 1: Match the Architecture to the Data Sources
    • Guideline 2: Integrate Data Using a Toolbox Approach
    • Guideline 3: Intelligent Trade-Off Between Optimization and Reusability


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