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The Data Warehouse Lifecycle Toolkit by Ralph Kimball


A thorough update to the industry standard for designing, developing, and deploying data warehouse and business intelligence systems

The world of data warehousing has changed remarkably since the first edition of The Data Warehouse Lifecycle Toolkit was published in 1998. In that time, the data warehouse industry has reached full maturity and acceptance, hardware and software have made staggering advances, and the techniques promoted in the premiere edition of this book have been adopted by nearly all data warehouse vendors and practitioners. In addition, the term “business intelligence” emerged to reflect the mission of the data warehouse: wrangling the data out of source systems, cleaning it, and delivering it to add value to the business.

Ralph Kimball and his colleagues have refined the original set of Lifecycle methods and techniques based on their consulting and training experience. The authors understand first-hand that a data warehousing/business intelligence (DW/BI) system needs to change as fast as its surrounding organization evolves. To that end, they walk you through the detailed steps of designing, developing, and deploying a DW/BI system. You'll learn to create adaptable systems that deliver data and analyses to business users so they can make better business decisions.

With substantial new and updated content, this second edition of The Data Warehouse Lifecycle Toolkit again sets the standard in data warehousing for the next decade. It shows you how to:

  • Identify and prioritize data warehouse opportunities
  • Create an architecture plan and select products
  • Design a powerful, flexible, dimensional model
  • Build a robust ETL system
  • Develop BI applications to deliver data to business users
  • Deploy and sustain a healthy DW/BI environment

The authors are members of the Kimball Group. Each has focused on data warehousing and business intelligence consulting and education for more than 15 years; most have written other books in the Toolkit series. Learn more about the Kimball Group and Kimball University at

This book is also available as part of the Kimball's Data Warehouse Toolkit Classics Box Set (ISBN: 9780470479575) with the following 3 books:

  • The Data Warehouse Toolkit, 2nd Edition (9780471200246)
  • The Data Warehouse Lifecycle Toolkit, 2nd Edition (9780470149775)
  • The Data Warehouse ETL Toolkit (9780764567575)

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Editorial Review

In The Data Warehouse Lifecycle Toolkit, authors Ralph Kimball, Laura Reeves, Margy Ross, and Warren Thornthwaite present a structure for undertaking the awesome task of implementing a data warehouse. As part of a rather select group of professionals actually experienced in building data warehouses, the authors attempt to convey their expertise about how to approach the job. The book focuses on the “Star Lifecycle”–a high-level project-planning approach to evolving existing information systems into an ever-changing data-warehouse solution. –Stephen Plain

Book Details

Author: Ralph Kimball Publisher: Wiley Binding: Paperback Language: English Pages: 672

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