Analyst Gartner is proclaiming 2011 as the most important year for data warehouse applications.
Gartner has identified a new 'age of data warehouses', which will introduce scope for flexibility in adding new information types and change detection.
Donald Feinberg, vice-president and analyst at Gartner, says, "Organisations are adding workloads with online transaction processing (OLTP) access, and data loading has moved to intra-day - approaching continuous - loading in many cases."
According to Feinberg, "Performance optimisation is driving multi-tiered data architectures, including a strong interest in in-memory data mart deployments. At the high end, data warehousing is now mission-critical."
"By 2013 we predict that data warehouse DBMS vendors will combine their offerings to become something more like an information management platform. The DBMS will become, above all else, an execution platform. It will support and perform data management and integration tasks as well as for query and analysis execution," said Mark Beyer, research vice-president at Gartner.