First Advisor

Blake, Brad


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Computer and Information Technology


School of Computer & Information Science

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

92 pages


In the current information age as the saying goes, time is money. For the modern information worker, decisions must often be made quickly. Every extra minute spent waiting for critical data could mean the difference between financial gain and financial ruin. Despite the importance of timely data retrieval, many organizations lack even a basic strategy for improving the performance of their data warehouse based reporting systems. This project explores the idea that a strategy making use of three database performance improvement techniques can reduce I/O (input/output operations) and improve query processing time in an information system designed for reporting. To demonstrate that these performance improvement goals can be achieved, queries were run on ordinary tables and then on tables utilizing the performance improvement techniques. The I/O statistics and processing times for the queries were compared to measure the amount of performance improvement. The measurements were also used to explain how these techniques may be more or less effective under certain circumstances, such as when a particular type of query is run. The collected I/O and time based measurements showed a varying degree of improvement for each technique based on the query used. A need to match the types of queries commonly run on the system to the performance improvement technique being implemented was found to be an important consideration. The results indicated that in a reporting environment these performance improvement techniques have the potential to reduce I/O and improve query performance.

Date of Award

Spring 2009

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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