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DW 2.0: The Architecture for the Next Generation of Data Warehousing by Genia Neushloss, Derek Strauss, W.H. Inmon

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Chapter 5 Fluidity of the DW 2.0 technology infrastructure

There are many important aspects to the DW 2.0 architecture for the next-generation data warehouse—the recognition of the life cycle of data, the inclusion of unstructured data, and the inclusion of metadata as essential components. But one of the most challenging aspects of the DW 2.0 architecture is the placement of DW 2.0 into an environment in which the technology can be changed as fast as the business changes.

From the end user’s perspective fluidity is very important because the business climate is always changing. At one moment a corporation needs to focus on profits. This means raising prices and expanding sales. The next year the corporation needs to focus on expenses. This ...

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