There are other books about data warehousing, many written by individuals with very insightful and wise techniques that can be used to build data warehouses. Why did I start working on a new book? Many data warehouses have been built with a strict methodical approach in mind. "Follow these steps and we'll achieve success." In my experience, the result of those data warehouse initiatives may meet initial user expectations but often fail to be able to support long term growth, expansion, and maintenance.
I believe that one of the key gaps in these implementation is the creativity required by an engineering design approach. This book is designed for thoughtful and creative technicians who are looking to apply engineering principles and creative solutions to data warehousing challenges and deliver solutions that achieve short term success as well as long term sustainability. This book is about principles and practices.
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