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Specific technologies are required for analytical competition, but most large organizations probably have many of them already. Assuming that critical data reside in transactional systems such as an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, it must be extracted with the use of "extract, transform, and load" software. It should generally be transferred into a data warehouse for easy access. If databases are particularly large, it may be necessary to store them in a "Data Warehouse Appliance" - specialized hardware and software for data access and retrieval. All firms interested in analytical competition will need specialized software for query and reporting, and for sophisticated analysis.
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