Data Warehouse : An Outlook of Current Usage of External Data
Abstract (Summary)A data warehouse is a data collection that integrates large amounts of data from several sources, with the aim to support the decision-making process in a company. Data could be acquired from internal sources within the own organization, as well as from external sources outside the organization.The comprehensive aim of this dissertation is to examine the current usage of external data and its sources for integration into DWs, in order to give users of a DW the best possible foundation for decision-making. In order to investigate this problem, we have conducted an interview study with DW developers.Based on the interview study, the result shows that it is relative common to integrate external data into DWs. The study also identifies different types of external data that are integrated, and what external sources it is common to acquire data from. In addition, opportunities and pitfalls of integrating external data have also been highlighted.
School:Högskolan i Skövde
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Date of Publication:02/01/2008