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Q&A with Bill Inmon on Some Straight Talk About The Costs Of Data Warehousing


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This is Tamara Graves of Dataupia and it is my pleasure to spend a few minutes talking with Krish Krishnan on his research into using the data warehouse appliance for operational BI.


Q. Everyone is talking about Operational BI these days, what kinds of new demands will this put on existing data warehouses?
A. Well Tamara, the Operational BI demand from a user perspective is for more data at a detail, granular level than what currently exists in their data warehouses. And the visualization of this data in a near real-time mode on the screen in form of reports, charts and graphs. This is what the end-users expect and this drives two different components from a data warehouse perspective. One is that there is going to be an increased demand for storage and second there is an increased demand for the visualization front end and displaying it at performance that would be in minutes and seconds as opposed to hours.
Q. What do you think the greatest demand for Operational BI will be?
A. The greatest demand from operational BI would be the need for detail data from a large amount of data and the ability to analyze that data at the speed comparable to which they would happen within the transaction environment--that would be running queries and expecting results in minutes.
Q. In what way does Dataupia enable Operational BI?
A. The interesting fact about data warehouse appliances like Dataupia and the technologies that they bring into play is they have the ability to exist and co-habiting with the existing data warehousing infrastructure and they will bring to the table the ability to load, parse and analyze data at the speed at which the companies that want to do operational BI need. What fascinates one about Dataupia is the ability for Dataupia to co-exist with Oracle and MS Sequel Server seamlessly and provide the massive parallel processing of data from both the loading and querying perspective and still let the user still have access to the front-end data warehouses technologies that they have invested money in. That is the simplicity and scalability that Dataupia brings to the operational BI platform.

Thank you so much for sharing just a few of your insights on using the data warehouse appliance for operational BI. In order to get all of the details, please be sure to download the whitepaper in its entirety here.