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Message Posted: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 @ 18:08:47 GMT

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Subj:   Re: Pondering
From:   John K. Wight

Yes Peter - I'd like to know too!

Do you remember when you were a kid? We all had standards - mine was the bicycle! Man I could go anywhere, do anything on that bike. All over the neighborhood, see my friends, etc. That was my standard for transportation! Then I went to junior high - and my bike was still the 'only thing' that was real. I then went to high school and discovered - you got it - girls! They were great, but they didn't fit on my bike too well and you couldn't do much with that. So, what did I do? That's right, I learned to drive and then dad's car became my standard for taking out girls and going places where I couldn't go with my bike - like to other cities for events, etc. BUT, I still rode my bike for the things it did best - getting around the neighborhood, going down to the shops, etc.

Then all that changed too. I started a 4 year stint with the Air Farce and got an assignment in Europe - suddenly I couldn't use dad's car to get there. I had to adopt another 'standard' - flight, to get to my assignment.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, there are horses for courses and any one standard does not fit all. l also agree with Neil C. - it Depends. In NCR we use Oracle a lot - just not for Data Warehousing. Also, we have never replaced a mainframe, or any applications that were 'running' the business, instead we integrated with the existing environments and provided yet another badly needed service - providing useful information for decision making.

So, which is best? For Data Warehousing there is only one - Teradata (Active or not active warehousing). For your day to day applications (i.e. OLTP), hey take your pick Oracle, SQL Server, DB2 - remember they were all built for that type of work - not Data Warehousing.

My $0.02 for what it is worth today.

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