I have had this book for a while now, dipping in to useful parts now and again without having had the time to read it from cover to cover. However, recently I have been able to read it from start to finish and I wish I had done so sooner. The book covers the 'how to' of data warehousing, but the thing that makes the book excellent is that it places this information in the context of the lifecycle of typical data warehouse projects. The book is long... very long. But everyone on data warehousing projects should read this book, if only to encourage a common mindset. The examples and templates are also very useful.
This is quite a good book but it is too management-like for me.
It covers the whole data-warehouse process including business requirement gathering and project management.
If you want a more technically orrientated book that covers the all important modelling aspects, Kimballs other book "The data warehoue toolkit - the complete guide to dimensional modelling" is much much better.
I can't help thinking that Kimball et al wrote this book after that modelling one in an attempt to cash in on the sucess of the modelling book.
In summary, if you're a technician buy the modelling book - if you're a manager who wants an overview, buy this one.
The first thing to remember os that Kimball does not have the ONLY way of building data warehouses. In fact I have a personal preference for the Inmon style of construction. Nonetheless Kimball is a super way of building highly effective datamarts and warehouses. This book is excellent at doing what it claims to do. It really dfoes give one tools and techniques that can be applied in real life. When used with the right design tools this book is a bit of a godsend. I would definately buy it again as even with 15 years data warehouse experience there are still a few nuggets in here for me.
If you don't have this book, and you are involved in any way with a data warehouse project, buy it now and read it from cover to cover. This is the best book on data warehousing ever written. The book contains everything you need to know to build a data warehouse, from project management thru to support and implementation.