12th July 2003 - Corporate Information Factory

During the week I read "Corporate Information Factory" by Bill Inmon et al. This book is a very comprehensive book about data warehousing which defines the individual components of what Inmon calls the Corporate Information Factory (CIF), their collaboration and their value proposition. However, it appears that since Mr. Inmon has defined the CIF himself the book does not justify the choices made underway as elaborate as one would expect from a scientific point of view.

That being said, I am in agreement with many of the choices that Inmon makes while defining best practices of Data Warehousing based on my own experiences, so let alone the finite choice approach, I would definitely recommend this book for any technological architect of an enterprise scale data warehouse. In terms of scope, Inmon stresses the need for business justification of a data warehousing project, but this book is in my opinion a technological handbook which should reside in an IT department.

I would voice a word of caution with the actual choices of named technology in the book since the specified systems might already have been dated; e.g. in a listing of database vendors there is no word of a Microsoft which in my opinion should at least have been mentioned along with the other database players.

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