September 20, 2009

Data marts in the world of text

CMS/search (Content Management System) expert Alan Pelz-Sharpe recently decried “Shadow IT”, by which he seems to mean departmental proliferation of data stores outside the control of the IT department. In other words, he’s talking about data marts, only for documents rather than tabular data.

Notwithstanding the manifest virtues of centralization, there are numerous reasons you might want data marts,  in the tabular and document worlds alike.  For example:

Bottom line: Text data marts, much like relational data marts, are almost surely here to stay.

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2 Responses to “Data marts in the world of text”

  1. Nat Benson on March 10th, 2010 1:00 pm

    If you think of the smallest form of a datamart, it is often times the survey response data. But that in many ways is the atomic form of disconnected data in the enterprise and it is left unprocessed and in its own silo for days..

    We ran into this tool( when wanted to be able to analyze our survey datamart quickly and economically. You load the file and the tool lets you dice and slice the data any which way you want. The best part is that it actually reads through your open-ended responses and tells you the categories of feedback you received.

    They have a short tour on their website as well –

  2. Curt Monash on March 12th, 2010 7:12 am


    Who is the “we” in your comment? I see that your URL points at the site you’re recommending.

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