First Advisor

Padfield, William


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Software Engineering and Database Technologies


School of Computer & Information Science

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

53 pages


Data warehousing and business intelligence go hand in hand, each gives the other purpose for development, maintenance and improvement. Both have evolved over a few decades and build upon initial development. Management initiatives further drive the need and complexity of business intelligence, while in turn expanding the end user community so that business change, results and strategy are affected at the business unit level. The literature, including a recent business intelligence user survey, demonstrates that query performance is the most significant issue encountered. Oracle's data warehouse 10g.2 is examined with improvements to query optimization via "best practice" through Star Transformation. Star Transformation is a star schema query rewrite and join back through a hash join, which provides extensive query performance improvement. Most data warehouses exist as normalized or in 3rd normal form (3NF), while star schemas in a denormalized warehouse are not the "norm". Changes in the database environment must be implemented, along with agreement from business leadership and alignment of business objectives with a Star Transformation project. Often, so much change, shifting priorities and lack of understanding about query optimization benefits can stifle a project. Critical to the success of gaining support and financial backing is the official plan and demonstration of return on investment documentation. Query optimization is highly complex. Both the technological and business entities should prioritize goals and consider the benefits of improved query response time, realizing the technical advantages of Star Transformation.

Date of Award

Fall 2009

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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