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Oracle Warehouse Builder 11g: Getting Started

By : Bob Griesemer
Book Image

Oracle Warehouse Builder 11g: Getting Started

By: Bob Griesemer

Overview of this book

In today's economy, businesses and IT professionals cannot afford to lag behind the latest technologies. Data warehousing is a critical area to the success of many enterprises, and Oracle Warehouse Builder is a powerful tool for building data warehouses. It comes free with the latest version of the Oracle database. Written in an accessible, informative, and focused manner, this book will teach you to use Oracle Warehouse Builder to build your data warehouse. Covering warehouse design, the import of source data, the ETL cycle and more, this book will have you up and running in next to no time. This book will walk you through the complete process of planning, building, and deploying a data warehouse using Oracle Warehouse Builder. By the book's end, you will have built your own data warehouse from scratch. Starting with the installation of the Oracle Database and Warehouse Builder software, this book then covers the analysis of source data, designing a data warehouse, and extracting, transforming, and loading data from the source system into the data warehouse. You'll follow the whole process with detailed screenshots of key steps along the way, alongside numerous tips and hints not covered by the official documentation.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Oracle Warehouse Builder 11 Getting Started
About the Author
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We need to consider a practical aspect to this process that is related to ETL, as well as to the structure in our target database. This practical aspect is the question of whether to stage the source data in a temporary location before performing the transformations on it and loading it into the target structure. Staging is the process of copying the source data temporarily into a table(s) in our target database. Here we can perform any transformations that are required before loading the source data into the final target tables. The source data could actually be copied to a table in another database that we create just for this purpose, but it doesn't have to be. This process involves saving data to storage at any step along the way to the final target structure, and it can incorporate a number of intermediate staging steps. The source and target designations will be affected during the intermediate steps of staging. So we'll need to decide on a staging strategy, if any, before...