Data warehousing and XML

Simon St.Laurent SimonStL at
Mon Dec 1 16:03:21 GMT 1997

>Database people typically do not store their information in any explicit
>format. The database handles the representation. Data warehouses are the
>same. I don't think that data warehouses are any more or less amenable
>to XML than any other relational database.

This may be writing it off too quickly; I think the great advantage of XML for 
a data warehouse would be its ability to ease the inclusion of non-relational 
data.  A data warehouse that was capable of dealing with information in 
multiple formats might well take advantage of XML for storing data that wasn't 
necessarily in a table.  Data warehousing meets document management: love 
match or endless feud?

Simon St.Laurent
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