From the Back Cover
The single most authoritative guide on the most difficult phase of building a data warehouse The extract, transform, and load (ETL) phase of the data warehouse development life cycle is far and away the most difficult, time–consuming, and labor–intensive phase of building a data warehouse. Done right, companies can maximize their use of data storage; if not, they can end up wasting millions of dollars storing obsolete and rarely used data. Bestselling author Ralph Kimball, along with Joe Caserta, shows you how a properly designed ETL system extracts the data from the source systems, enforces data quality and consistency standards, conforms the data so that separate sources can be used together, and finally delivers the data in a presentation–ready format. Serving as a road map for planning, designing, building, and running the back–room of a data warehouse, this book provides complete coverage of proven, timesaving ETL techniques. Beginning with a quick overview of ETL fundamentals, it then looks at ETL data structures, both relational and dimensional. The authors show how to build useful dimensional structures, providing practical examples of techniques. Along the way youll learn how to: Plan and design your ETL system Choose the appropriate architecture from the many possible options Build the development/test/production suite of ETL processes Build a comprehensive data cleaning subsystem Tune the overall ETL process for optimum performance
About the Author
RALPH KIMBALL, PhD, founder of the Kimball Group, has been a leading visionary in the data warehousing industry since 1982 and is one of today’s best–known speakers and educators. He is the author of several bestselling titles published on data warehousing, including The Data Warehouse Toolkit (Wiley). JOE CASERTA is the founder of Caserta Concepts, LLC, a data warehousing consulting firm. He writes frequently for print and online magazines, and is an active contributor to DWList, the major online community for data warehousing professionals.