Author(s): A. Nazir & T. McDonald
Higher Education institutions have grown through the years and have developed
into large businesses.
Even though industry has experienced a dramatic increase
in the use of data warehousing techniques, tertiary institutions have been slow to
Reasons for this can be attributed mainly to the many reported
failures and the costs involved there in.
Several factors are forcing these
institutions to embrace data warehousing technologies.
This paper will report on
the challenges involved in taking this step and will show that a successful data
warehouse can be developed, regardless of the obstacles involved.
higher education, data warehousing, student data mart, star schema,
Industry in developed countries is experiencing a dramatic increase in the use of
Data Warehousing (DW) techniques.
This can, however, in most cases only be
achieved at huge cost.
According to the Western Michigan University  the
primary consideration in the development of a DW is cost.
Wierschem et al.
indicates that a DW requires millions of dollars to develop, plus significant
hardware and personnel investment.
Hammond  quotes a Meta Group survey
that the average cost for an enterprise warehouse is $3 million.
This can be a
major obstacle in developing countries.
Wagner et al.
 stated that the budgets of developing countries are not even
sufficient to pay for the Knowledge Management (KM) enabling IT architecture.
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/DATA060391
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