Another "For Dummies" excerpt has been uploaded to the Knowledge Network. This passage comes from "Business Intelligence for Dummies."
This book takes you step by step through the technologies so you can choose the right one and implement a successful BI environment. You'll see how the applications and technologies work together to access, analyze, and present data that you can use to make better decisions about your products, customers and competitors. The book also helps readers understand the principles and practical elements of BI; determine your business needs; compare different approaches to BI; build a solid BI architecture and roadmap; design, develop, and deploy your BI plan; relate BI to data warehousing, ERP, CRM, and e-commerce; and analyze emerging trends and developing BI tools to see what else may be useful.
The book excerpt posted in the Knowledge Network contains the book's eighteenth chapter, "Ten Keys to BI Success."
Also, take a look at the excerpt from "Data Warehousing for Dummies." That excerpt addresses the question, what should you expect from a data warehouse?