Data Warehouse architecture Intelligence

The Kimball Group’s Enterprise Data Warehouse Bus Architecture is a key element of our approach. Introduced in the 1990s, the technology- and database-independent bus architecture allows for incremental data warehouse and business intelligence (DW/BI) development. It decomposes the DW/BI planning process into manageable pieces by focusing on the organization’s core business processes, along with the associated conformed dimensions.

Conformed dimensions are common, standardized, master dimensions that are managed once in the extract, transformation, and load (ETL) system and then reused by multiple fact tables. Conformed dimensions deliver consistent descriptive attributes across dimensional models. They support the ability to drill across and integrate data from multiple business processes. Finally, reusing conformed dimensions shortens the time-to-market by eliminating redundant design and development efforts.

The associated Enterprise Data Warehouse Bus Matrix, shown below, is a key design tool representing the organization’s core business processes and associated dimensionality. It’s the architectural blueprint providing the top-down strategic perspective to ensure data in the DW/BI environment can be integrated across the enterprise, while agile bottom-up delivery occurs by focusing on a single business process at a time.


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How can you use data warehouses for business intelligence to encourage emarketing?

Data warehouse in simple terms means connecting different databases across an entire enterprise. Business Intelligence is the process of analyzing data about company's operations.
For example, analysis of your sales data (business intelligence) can reveal important trends in e-sales: are they going up or down or stay the same?
If you have data about your e-marketing expenses, which is stored in some database within the database warehouse, you can find out what is the relation between e-marketing efforts and sales.
Some important indicators like cost per acquisition of a new custo…