Gartner Research

Is the Data Lake the Future of the EDW?

Published: 10 November 2015

ID: G00281079

Analyst(s): Mark Beyer , Roxane Edjlali


Enterprise data warehouses have always struggled to balance time to delivery against auditability, stability and performance. Data lakes have introduced flexibility and agility for advanced analytics users. Information leaders should understand the benefits and risks of each approach clearly.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Organizations utilizing a data lake approach will add a new mitigation approach for the time-to-delivery issues inherent in the implementation and maintenance of an EDW
  • Using data lakes will provide information leaders with a proving ground for the "relevance and form" of proposed data models
  • Advanced analytics users will find that using a data lake can specifically provide new levels of availability of information with an opportunity to introduce new tools and platforms

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