RESEARCH & RESOURCES

Data Warehouses vs. Analytical Appliances: Friends or Foes?

Webinar Abstract

Despite rumors to the contrary, the report of the death of the data warehouse is, to quote Mark Twain, exaggerated. An evolutionary approach to querying, reporting, and analytics may still rely on the traditional dimensional models of the data warehouse and the data mart. But increasingly, despite the significant sunk investment in developing the all-encompassing enterprise data warehouse, an emerging question is whether business needs can be met using alternative analytic platforms such as the different types of analytical appliances available in the market.

In this webinar we examine the roles of both data warehouses and analytical appliances, review what each is used for and how they are leveraged for business value, and most importantly, differentiating between how each can satisfy demands for high performance analytics to create value and drive new ways of looking at the business. We will provide guidance in making choices for incorporating either or both techniques as part of the “actionable knowledge framework” that helps in enhancing decision-making processes.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • Definitions that distinguish a data warehouse from an analytical appliance
  • How targeted high performance analysis needs can be satisfied using an analytical appliance for key business areas
  • Some common use cases
  • Criteria for determining when an enterprise data warehouse is important and where an analytical appliance does not fit that need
  • Adapting the analytical appliance into your business intelligence and analysis architecture

David Loshin

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