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This has resulted in recent initiatives designed to minimize the number of data marts in a company. This is referred to as data mart consolidation (DMC). Data mart consolidation may sound simple at first, but there are many things to consider. A critical requirement, as with almost any project, is executive sponsorship, because you will be changing many existing systems on which people have come to rely, even though the systems may be inadequate or outmoded. To do this requires serious support from senior management.

Chapter 1. Introduction 15 These are but brief examples so that you may gather an introductory understanding of the topic of this IBM Redbook. The following is a detailed list of the remaining contents. 4 Redbook contents abstract In this section, we give a brief description of the topics we present in this IBM Redbook and how we organize them. We cover a wide spectrum of information, because that is what is demanded for business intelligence solutions. However, keep in mind that the more specific focus of this redbook is on dimensional modeling and how it impacts business intelligence solutions.

Web services also provide the following technologies to help simplify the implementation of distributed applications: Application interface discovery using Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) Application interface description, again using UDDI A standard message format using Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), which is being developed as the XML Protocol specification by W3C Web services enable any form of distributed processing to be performed using a set of standard Web- and XML-based protocols and technologies.

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