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Executive Summary

Data warehousing systems form the backbone of a company's information system. Data warehousing system enables secure storage of large amounts of business information, provides easy access and retrieval and also helps generate useful business intelligence. Businesses and their IT teams often face many challenges in the implementation and management of data warehousing solutions. Certain important considerations during planning and implementation stages would ready the IT teams and decision makers of a business to face these challenges. There are many new related software and hardware for building a data warehousing system. It is important for the user to select their vendor carefully. The vendor should be able to design a flexible system that can be easily integrated with the existing operating system. It should serve as an open, flexible and unified information platform. It is recommended that one conducts a market survey and take in consideration the industry best practices at the planning stage. There are many cost effective solutions in the market. Your data warehousing system should be user friendly. Another important issue to be addressed at the implementation stage is employee education and awareness. All employees from multiple levels of the organization need to be adequately trained to work on the new system. A recent paper released by Informatica will guide the user on a successful data warehouse system implementation plan.

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