Data warehouse applications and business intelligence (BI) communities have been increasingly feeling the need to collect temporal data for accountability and traceability reasons. This necessitates building capabilities to capture and view transaction lineage in data warehouses based on timestamps. Data as of a point in time can be obtained across multiple tables or multiple subject areas, resolving consistency and synchronization issues. In this article we discuss implementations such as temporal data update methodologies, coexistence of load and query against the same table, performance of load and report queries, and maintenance of views on top of the tables with temporal data. We show how to pull data from heterogeneous sources and how to perform join operations with inequality predicates with more than one source table and then load them in analytical subject area tables maintaining transaction lineage. We propose several business views based on timestamp filters for use by different applications.
"Temporal Data Update Methodologies for Data Warehousing,"
The Journal of the Southern Association for Information Systems: Vol. 2
, Article 2.
Available at: http://aisel.aisnet.org/jsais/vol2/iss1/2