There is a great deal of confusion over the meaning of data warehousing. Simply defined, a data warehouse is a place for data, whereas data warehousing describes the process of defining, populating, and using a data warehouse. Creating, populating, and querying a data warehouse typically carries an extremely high price tag, but the return on investment can be substantial. Over 95% of the Fortune 1000 have a data warehouse initiative underway in some form.
was a co-founder of Prism Solutions, Inc. Ralph Kimball Ralph Kimball was co-inventor of the Xerox Star workstation, the first commercial product to use mice, icons, and windows. He was vice president of applications at Metaphor Computer Systems, and founder and CEO of Red Brick Systems. He has a Ph.D. from Stanford in electrical engineering, specializing in man-machine systems. Ralph is a leading proponent of the dimensional approach to designing large data warehouses. He currently teaches data