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Data Mart Calculator
Need a model to help calculate an estimate of manpower needs by role, timeline, and labor cost to build a data mart based on user-supplied variables? Here’s a

calculator  Mart Calculator Need a model to help calculate an estimate of manpower needs by role, timeline, and labor cost to build a data mart based on user-supplied variables? Here’s a calculator that provides two estimates. The first is based on using the traditional “develop by committee,” and the second on developing the same data mart at the developmental level. The model needs minimal input and can be changed to fit your needs. Find out more.

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Oracle Renders Its PLM Outline Part Two: Challenges and User Recommendations


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