Doing data warehousing the wrong way

It’s felt obvious for some time that, as an industry, we’ve been trying to shove square data warehousing tools into round, data-driven application holes. But it wasn’t until I read Decodeable CEO Eric Sammer’s excellent post “We’re Abusing the Data Warehouse: RETL, ELT, and Other Weird Stuff” that I understood why and what damage we were doing in the process. As Sammer writes, “Putting high-priced analytical database systems in the hot path introduces pants-on-head anti-patterns to supportability and ops.”

In case you’re wondering, “pants-on-head anti-patterns” is not a compliment. It’s an anguished cry of “someone please stop this insanity!”

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