November 18, 2013
In recent surveys by TDWI Research, roughly half of respondents report
that they will replace their primary data warehouse (DW) platform
and/or analytic tools within three years. Ripping out and replacing a
DW or analytics platform is expensive for IT budgets and intrusive for
business users. This raises the question: What circumstances would
lead so many people down such a dramatic path?
It’s because many organizations need a more modern DW platform
to address a number of new and future business and technology
requirements. Most of the new requirements relate to big data
and advanced analytics, so the data warehouse of the future must
support these in multiple ways. Hence, a leading goal of the modern
data warehouse is to enable more and bigger data management
solutions and analytic applications, which in turn helps the
organization automate more business processes, operate closer to
real time, and through analytics learn valuable new facts about
business operations, customers, products, and so on.
For organizations that need a modern data warehouse that satisfies
new and future requirements, we offer a checklist of our top six
recommendations. These can guide your selection of vendor products
and your solution design.
Users facing new and future requirements for big data, analytics,
and real-time operation need to start planning today for the data
warehouse of the future. To help them prepare, this TDWI Checklist
Report drills into each of the six recommendations, listing and
discussing many of the new vendor product types, functionality, and
user best practices that will be common in the near future, plus the
business case and technology strengths of each.