A data warehousing tragedy in five limericks
It started with a presentation,
a proforma regurgitation:
a tired old story,
of a repository
for all data in an organization.
The business was duly seduced
by promises of costs reduced.
But the data warehouse,
so glibly espoused,
was not so simply produced.
For the team was soon in distress,
‘cos the data landscape was a mess:
in databases and files countless.
And politics had them bogged down;
in circles they went round and round.
in a sea of data they drowned.
In the light of the following morn,
the truth upon them did dawn.
An enterprise data store
is IT lore
as elusive as the unicorn.