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Subj:   Re: Referential Integrity Use
From:   John HR Schuster

I have worked at a number of Teradata sites and I can confirm that none of them are using RI. Ri will slow down the loading of data from your source systems. Most RI problems can be discovered and repaired using a set of special SQL scripts to check RI. I have used these just after new data is loaded to check for mismatched codes, missing values. etc.

If I fix the RI problems using RI within Teradata I'll never find out where the problems are in the source data stream. I want to know where these problems are so I can go back and have them fixed or cleaned prior to loads. Using RI in a DW is like taking an antacid for continuous stomach aches just to discover you have a problem with spicy food. The problem is the spicy food not the stomach ache.

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