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Evolution of an Executive Information System: The Replenishment Data Warehouse at JeansWear

Evolution of an Executive Information System: The Replenishment Data Warehouse at JeansWear
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Author(s): Hamid Nemati (University of North Carolina, USA) and Keith Smith (VF Corporation, USA)
Copyright: 2000
Pages: 16
Source title: Organizational Achievement and Failure in Information Technology Management
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-878289-83-4.ch013

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Abstract

This case highlights factors that provided the impetus for changing a successful EIS into a data warehouse at the VF Corporation. The data warehouse was developed to aid JeansWear, a division of VF, with its point-of-sale/replenishment activities. The data warehouse provides greater reporting and OLAP capabilities, giving replenishment analysts a detailed and synthetic view of the marketplace. It is estimated that about $100 million in 1998 alone might be attributed to the improved Replenishment decision making due to the data warehouse. The case discusses the basic concepts and architecture of this data warehouse and outlines the development process and the problems that the development team had to overcome. It also examines the essential role that this data warehouse is currently playing in the success of VF Corporation. Finally, the case outlines and discusses a number of factors that should be considered and questions that should be asked prior to initiation of a data warehouse project in order to assure a successful outcome.

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