AT&T subsidiary NCR plans to introduce its US-based nuts-and-bolts program for every Australian company that ever wanted to build a data warehouse but didn't know where to start. NCR officials say the data warehousing scheme will come into the Australian market by mid-year.
The company will provide a menu of integrated hardware, software and services from which a custom warehouse - a large repository of highly refined information relating to a corporation's business core that is picked from a variety of sources - can be developed. According to NCR sources, the program lets users scale up from small, relatively inexpensive prototype projects to custom warehouses that contain terabytes of data. Different user departments can access and customise the warehouse, which contains multiprocessor hardware platforms that run several layers of database software.