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Oracle® Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Solutions by Rick Greenwald, Joseph Rayman, Robert Stackowiak

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Introduction

We are now decades into deploying decision support systems, data warehouses, and business intelligence solutions. Today, there are many books that describe data warehousing and design approaches. There are many books that describe business intelligence. There are many books that describe the Oracle database. So you may be asking, why did the authors decide to write this book?

The fact is, the authors of this book still hear comments from many of you that business intelligence and data warehousing projects are problematic. This seems to be true regardless of database technologies or business intelligence tools selected and deployed. While the wealth of Oracle skills and resources that exist might make this less true where Oracle technology is part of the solution, the number of implementations that face significant issues and the repetition of mistakes convinced the authors that too few projects are approached holistically. Not many of the books that are available as resources look at Oracle business intelligence and data warehousing in such a manner.

This book attempts to give you a single reference that covers a diverse range of relevant topics in providing a holistic approach. It covers the database and platform technology, of course. But it also covers business intelligence tools, emerging business intelligence applications, architecture choices, schema selection, management and performance tuning, requirements gathering, and justifying the project. Tips are included ...

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