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Cutter Consortium: Corporate Use of Real-Time Data Warehousing

  Industry Statistics published in DM Direct Special Report
July 29, 2003 Issue
  By DM Review Editorial Staff

There's been a lot of talk among vendors and business intelligence proponents about the need to update and refresh data warehouses in real time. In practice, however, few organizations currently conduct real-time (or near real-time) data warehouse updates and refreshments.

Cutter Consortium recently conducted a study on the role of data warehousing and business intelligence practices in organizations worldwide. The resulting analysis is supported by responses from more than 152 companies.

Curt Hall, a Cutter Consortium senior consultant, provided analysis of the question: How often does your organization update and refresh its data warehouse? Hall remarked: The survey indicates that thirty-one percent of organizations say they perform updates daily, 24 percent perform monthly updates, 19 percent perform weekly updates, 15 percent perform "other" updates and 11 percent perform real-time or near real-time updates and refreshments of their data warehouses.

Hall noted that, "Although the use of real-time data warehousing is currently limited, companies should plan on seeing its use increase significantly over the next few years for a number of reasons." Chief among them is the growing use of data warehousing and business intelligence to support a broad range of business performance measurement initiatives such as customer analytics, customer relationship management, supply chain intelligence and enterprise performance management.

"Each of these applications," he added, "increasingly require that data warehouses support the real-time or near real-time integration of transaction data with data acquired from other sources within and beyond the enterprise. This requirement will further the use of real-time data warehousing techniques among organizations as they seek to enhance their data warehousing/BI environments to support the 'instantaneous analysis' needs of their tactical and strategic analytical applications."

Some other questions and statistical highlights from the study include:

Is your organization currently implementing real-time BI applications?

Figure 1

For what application domains or business areas are you developing or planning to develop real-time BI applications?

Figure 2

What are the biggest issues confronting your organization in its plans to implement real-time BI applications?

Figure 3

Does your organization currently update/refresh its data warehouse in real time (or near real time)?

Figure 4

For more information on this topic refer to the Cutter Consortium Web site at www.cutter.com.


For more information on related topics visit the following related portals...
DW Administration, Mgmt., Performance and Real-Time Enterprise.

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