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There is general consensus that Data Warehousing first appeared in the 1980s. However, the components of Data Warehousing were being thought-through and created as early as the 1960s. There are many different individuals credited with discovering Data Warehousing. Wikipedia has a great chronological timeline that provides a lot of context to the evolution of data warehousing methodologies.

I have added the ‘popular history’ timeline to this blog.  IMHO Bill Inmon is the undisputed grandfather of Data Warehousing, and all the rest, even my own contribution in 1983, is relatively light-weight stuff. Go here for the complete Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_warehouse

  • 1960s — General Mills and Dartmouth College, in a joint research project, develop the terms dimensions and facts.[2]
  • 1970s — ACNielsen and IRI provide dimensional data marts for retail sales.[2]
  • 1970s — Bill Inmon begins to define and discuss the term: Data Warehouse
  • 1975 — Sperry Univac Introduce MAPPER (MAintain, Prepare, and Produce Executive Reports) is a database management and reporting system that includes the world’s first 4GL. It was the first platform specifically designed for building Information Centers (a forerunner of contemporary Enterprise Data Warehousing platforms)
  • 1983 — Teradata introduces a database management system specifically designed for decision support.
  • 1983 — Sperry Corporation Martyn Richard Jones defines the Sperry Information Center approach, which whilst not being a true DW in the Inmon sense, did contain many of the characteristics of DW structures and process as defined previously by Inmon, and later by Devlin. First used at the TSB England & Wales
  • 1984 — Metaphor Computer Systems, founded by David Liddle and Don Massaro, releases Data Interpretation System (DIS). DIS was a hardware/software package and GUI for business users to create a database management and analytic system.
  • 1988 — Barry Devlin and Paul Murphy publish the article An architecture for a business and information system in IBM Systems Journal where they introduce the term “business Data Warehouse”.
  • 1990 — Red Brick Systems, founded by Ralph Kimball, introduces Red Brick Warehouse, a database management system specifically for data warehousing.
  • 1991 — Prism Solutions, founded by Bill Inmon, introduces Prism Warehouse Manager, software for developing a Data Warehouse.
  • 1992 — Bill Inmon publishes the book Building the Data Warehouse.[3]
  • 1995 — The Data Warehousing Institute, a for-profit organization that promotes data warehousing, is founded.
  • 1996 — Ralph Kimball publishes the book The Data Warehouse Toolkit.[4]
  • 2000 — Daniel Linstedt releases the Data Vault, enabling real time auditable Data Warehouses warehouse.

Many thanks for reading.

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