Athena IT Solutions to Offer Data Warehouse Consulting to Help Enterprises Increase Return on Investment (ROI) During Difficult Economic Times

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Athena IT Solutions announces that it will offer data warehouse consulting to help companies leverage their most important asset, corporate data, for maximum economic advantage.

ATHENA IT SOLUTIONS TO OFFER DATA WAREHOUSE CONSULTING TO HELP ENTERPRISES INCREASE RETURN ON INVESTMENT (PRWEB) February 21, 2003

Athena IT Solutions announces that it will offer data warehouse consulting to help companies leverage their most important asset, corporate data, for maximum economic advantage.

The current economic climate has prompted many enterprises to change their business focus toward customer orientation to remain competitive. Consequently, data warehousing and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) top their agenda and many companies are realizing the business advantage of leveraging one of their key assets - data.

"Business Intelligence helps companies clearly understand their internal strengths and weaknesses, and measure the external risks and opportunities of the marketplace," says Kelly Gilmore, TDWI (The Data Warehousing Institute) faculty member and keynote speaker, and co-founder of CONNECT: The Knowledge Network. "Companies in today's economy need to increase their operational effectiveness and gain competitive advantage during the downturn."

The company founder, Richard Sherman with his partners Ray Ferrara and Barbara Nichols designed and created data warehouses at Digital Equipment Corporation starting in the late 1980s, before the term data warehouse had even been coined. Both Sherman and Ferrara went on to careers in Big Five firms, with Sherman leading a data warehousing practice for PriceWaterhouse Coopers and Ferrara leading a data warehouse and e-commerce practice for KPMG. Both are published authors of data warehouse articles and speakers at industry conferences. Barbara Nichols founded Dovetail Software, which was later sold to Ascential Software of Westboro, MA. Earlier in her career at Digital, Nichols founded the Data Management Program, producing the company's first Engineering Standard for meta data. Nichols has presented frequently with Bill Inmon, who is commonly known as the "father of data warehousing."

A data warehouse is an information technology (IT) system that makes information available to business decision-makers. It gathers data from existing, disparate systems and structures it so business people can use it for querying and generating reports.

About Athena IT Solutions

Athena IT Solutions provides audits, assessments, implementation, and extensive data warehouse education. The company's specialty is providing corporations with practical, strategic guidance based on the partners' years of experience and vast knowledge of the data warehouse industry. Their full-scale implementation services include gathering and understanding what data the business needs, determining how to source that data, gathering and transforming the data into usable information, and making that information available for the business to analyze.

For more information on Athena IT Solutions, visit http://www.athena-solutions.com.

Contact:

Andrea Harris

andrea@athena-solutions.com

phone: 978-897-1616

fax: 978-461-0809

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