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What is Data Warehouse Automation?

The Data Warehouse Institute (TDWI) defines data warehouse automation (DWA) as:

“…using technology to gain efficiencies and improve effectiveness in data warehousing processes. Data warehouse automation is much more than simply automating the development process. It encompasses all of the core processes of data warehousing including design, development, testing, deployment, operations, impact analysis, and change management.”

We couldn't have said it any better. In short, data warehouse automation lets you achieve far more than ever, far faster, and at much less cost.

No More Hand Coding

By automating and accelerating the routine tasks associated with building and managing decision support infrastructures, data warehouse automation:

  • Dramatically increases developer productivity
  • Radically improves time-to-value
  • Reduces repetitive, manual efforts and frees up scarce resources for higher-value tasks
  • Strengthens the quality and consistency of your decision support infrastructures
  • Insures a timely response to changing business requirements

Set New Speed Records

The most tangible benefits of data warehouse automation are speed and agility. With an integrated toolset to automate the entire data warehouse lifecycle, you can:    

  • Respond in days to business requests with accurate time, cost, and resource estimates 

  • Deliver completed data warehouses, data marts, big data, and business intelligence environments in weeks
  • Revise existing decision support infrastructures in response to business changes in hours.

Get the rest of the story... “Doing Much More With Much Less: The Case for Data Warehouse Automation

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Why Automate?

It takes new data warehouse automation tools to transform traditional, waterfall development processes into a business-driven, rapid design-and-deployment model. No longer can IT managers tell their business colleagues to wait for the decision support infrastructure to come together. They must deliver the right data: now. Automation is the answer.

It’s Hard to Find a Reason not to Automate

Integrated, data warehouse automation tools for planning, designing, building, and documenting decision support infrastructure eliminate hand coding and custom design. And they let you work smarter, at the speed of business. What’s not to love when data warehouse automation delivers benefits like these?

Improved Quality

You can iteratively prototype, build, test, and adjust to best meet evolving business requirements. Plus, automated development lets you enforce standards and best practices for consistent, high quality solutions.

Increased Agility

With automation, you can make changes quickly and frequently to meet changing business and technical requirements.

Ability to Iterate Fast

Discover issues and roadblocks sooner rather than months later so you can make any significant course changes necessary to achieve success. Iterating fast lets you economically test an idea and then change it until you find the best way to achieve your desired business outcomes.

Reduced Costs

Cut development time and effort to reduce project costs and increase return on investment. Using your valuable IT resources more effectively lets you innovate faster and get far more done on a limited budget.

Better Sustainability, Maintainability, and Operability

The benefits of automation don’t stop at development. You also get automated creation of documentation, simplified testing, better version control, and the ability to make changes quickly and easily.

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To learn more about data warehouse automation and how to decide whether it’s right for your business... read our "Data Warehouse Automation Decision Guide"