By Elliot King, Ph.D.
The buy-versus-build question has haunted the development of data warehouses and analytic applications since Bill Inmon started discussing the underlying concepts in the 1970s, and Barry Devlin and Paul Murphy published “An Architecture For A Business and Information System” in the IBM System Journal in 1988. Since then, many vendors have offered packaged applications that facilitate the development of data warehouses and analytic applications. Nevertheless, many companies still opt to build their own custom data warehouses rather than buying pre-packaged solutions. The question is, why? Read more