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The Data Warehouse Toolkit - Third Edition

By : Ralph Kimball, Margy Ross
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Book Image

The Data Warehouse Toolkit - Third Edition

5 (1)
By: Ralph Kimball, Margy Ross

Overview of this book

The volume of data continues to grow as warehouses are populated with increasingly atomic data and updated with greater frequency. Dimensional modeling has become the most widely accepted approach for presenting information in data warehouse and business intelligence (DW/BI) systems. The goal of this book is to provide a one-stop shop for dimensional modeling techniques. The book is authored by Ralph Kimball and Margy Ross, known worldwide as educators, consultants, and influential thought leaders in data warehousing and business intelligence. The book begins with a primer on data warehousing, business intelligence, and dimensional modeling, and you’ll explore more than 75-dimensional modeling techniques and patterns. Then you’ll understand dimension tables in-depth to get a good grip on retailing and moved towards the topics of inventory. Moving ahead, you’ll learn how to use this book for procurement, order management, accounting, customer relationship management, and many more business sectors. By the end of this book, you’ll be able to gather all the essential knowledge, practices, and patterns for designing dimensional models.
Table of Contents (31 chapters)
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Title Page
About the Authors
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Financial analysis spans a variety of accounting applications, including the general ledger, as well as detailed subledgers for purchasing and accounts payable, invoicing and accounts receivable, and fixed assets. Because we’ve already touched upon purchase orders and invoices earlier in this book, we’ll focus on the general ledger in this chapter. Given the need for accurate handling of a company’s financial records, general ledgers were one of the first applications to be computerized decades ago. Perhaps some of you are still running your business on a 20-year-old ledger system. In this chapter, we’ll discuss the data collected by the general ledger, both in terms of journal entry transactions and snapshots at the close of an accounting period. We’ll also talk about the budgeting process.

Chapter 7 discusses the following concepts:

  • Bus matrix snippet for accounting processes
  • General ledger periodic snapshots and journal transactions...