When users need only a specific subset of enterprise data—about one subject area or department, for example—sometimes a data mart is the answer. Think of it as providing a boutique store versus a giant warehouse for their data needs. The advantage of a data mart is that it can be easier for business users and analysts to locate and discover the answers they need sooner.
However, even though it only represents a smaller subset of your data, building a data mart can be as complex and time-consuming as developing a data warehouse. But it doesn’t have to be. Automating the design, development, deployment and operation of data marts lets you deliver business intelligence solutions to the business fast, without sacrificing quality, performance, agility or governance.
A data warehouse serves as a broad foundation layer for your entire enterprise, storing data in a structured, cleaned and governed way. Data warehouses typically employ a data warehouse modeling methodology, such as 3NF or Data Vault 2.0.
A data mart architecture, on the other hand, typically serves a specific subject area within your organization, such as finance or HR, and contains a specific set of analytics models and data sources appropriate for that subject area only. Data marts generally take on the form of a dimensional model or an information mart if employing the Data Vault 2.0 approach within the broader enterprise.
Whether an IT team is charged with designing, building and managing a data warehouse across the enterprise or a data mart for a specific area of your organization, the need for fast delivery to meet analytics needs remains the same.
Get new data marts into the hands of users fast by automating the entire data mart lifecycle. Start with rapid prototyping to collaborate with business users early in design to lower risk of project failure. Then cut development, deployment and operations cost and effort by eliminating hand-coding and using metadata-driven automation to generate code and all documentation.
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