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In your opinion, what is the most popular database platform used for data warehouses in the telecommunications industry worldwide?

by Sid Adelman  and by David Marco

Summary: In your opinion, what is the most popular database platform used for data warehouses in the telecommunications industry worldwide?

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In your opinion, what is the most popular database platform used for data warehouses in the telecommunications industry worldwide?

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Sid Adelman?s Answer: The only reasons you should at all be concerned about popularity is if you wanted a broad choice of data warehouse tools and products and a large labor pool to select from. It?s more important to know if your chosen database will support your current and future needs and volumes. With that said, the leaders (in software licenses) in data warehouse are Oracle, DB2 and Microsoft.

David Marco?s Answer: In my experience, I see it as a two-horse race between Oracle and IBM DB2. Telecommunications companies tend to be heavy mainframe users.


Sid Adelman is a principal in Sid Adelman & Associates, an organization specializing in planning and implementing data warehouses and in establishing effective data architectures and strategies. He jointly developed a methodology, MapXpert for Data Warehouse, that provides a master plan for implementing a data warehouse. Adelman is a regular speaker at The Data Warehouse Institute and IBM's DB2 and Data Warehouse Conference. He chairs the "Ask the Experts" column on DMReview.com and is a founding member of the Business Intelligence Alliance. Adelman is a frequent contributor to journals that focus on the data warehouse. He coauthored Data Warehouse Project Management with Larissa Moss and Impossible Data Warehouse Situations: Solutions from the Experts. He can be reached at (818) 783-9634 or sidadelman@aol.com. Visit his Web site at www.sidadelman.com.

David Marco is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of enterprise architecture, data warehousing and business intelligence and is the world's foremost authority on meta data. He is the author of Universal Meta Data Models (Wiley, 2004) and Building and Managing the Meta Data Repository: A Full Life-Cycle Guide (Wiley, 2000). Marco has taught at the University of Chicago and DePaul University, and in 2004 he was selected to the prestigious Crain's Chicago Business "Top 40 Under 40." He is the founder and president of Enterprise Warehousing Solutions, Inc., a GSA schedule and Chicago-headquartered strategic partner and systems integrator dedicated to providing companies and large government agencies with best-in-class business intelligence solutions using data warehousing and meta data repository technologies. He may be reached at (866) EWS-1100 or via e-mail at DMarco@EWSolutions.com.

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