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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)
Free Chapter
Title Page
About the Authors
End User License Agreement


First, thanks to the hundreds of thousands who have read our Toolkit books, attended our courses, and engaged us in consulting projects. We have learned as much from you as we have taught. Collectively, you have had a profoundly positive impact on the data warehousing and business intelligence industry. Congratulations!

Our Kimball Group colleagues, Bob Becker, Joy Mundy, and Warren Thornthwaite, have worked with us to apply the techniques described in this book literally thousands of times, over nearly 30 years of working together. Every technique in this book has been thoroughly vetted by practice in the real world. We appreciate their input and feedback on this book—and more important, the years we have shared as business partners, along with Julie Kimball.

Bob Elliott, our executive editor at John Wiley & Sons, project editor Maureen Spears, and the rest of the Wiley team have supported this project with skill and enthusiasm. As always, it has been a pleasure...