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How to avoid a big white elephant
on 25 July 2010
If you are going to be involved in a Data Warehouse project then buy this book.
It is a complete blueprint of how to run a DW project that is actually going to deliver some business value at the end of it, and not just cost a lot of money and fail miserably - which unfortunately most still do these days.
Chapter 6 which describes Dimensional modelling is absolutely essential reading for anyone about to get their hands dirty building a DW.
I tend to make notes in my books, and when I look back on how much highlighting, underlining, scribbles and post-its I have all over Chapter 6 - I know that there is an absolute goldmine of valuable information condensed here. I only wish I'd had some glitter to hand too.
My advice, if you really want to understand the whole Kimball methodology - buy the book, read it cover to cover. Re-read chapter 6 maybe 3 or 4 times, then buy the confusingly similarly named "The Data Warehouse Toolkit". Read that cover to cover twice. Then go and lay down in a darkened room for a bit and don't read any more books with the words "Data Warehouse" or "Toolkit" in the title for at least a month.