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Can you do Oracle data warehousing on Standard Edition?

Oracle Database Tips by Donald Burleson

Question:  Much to my amazement, we ordered Oracle Standard Edition (SE) instead of Enterprise Edition (EE). We pride ourselves in analytics and I?ve noticed performance has declined greatly since we migrated to our own servers. I?ve been searching for an article or white paper describing the benefits of Enterprise vs. Standard. Considering that we have a data warehouse with ~ 12MM rows, I have a gut feel that utilizing bitmap indexes and materialized views would improve performance considerably. Can you offer justification for using Enterprise Edition for a data warehouse?

Answer:  Yes, you would have a very hard time doing data warehouse of OLAP with Oracle Standard Edition.  It's difficult (if not impossible) to implement a performant Oracle data warehouse without the advanced warehouse features (Materialized views, STAR joins, bitmap indexes) that appear in Oracle EE.  In my 15 years working with Oracle, I've never seen a data warehouse using SE.

Here are the differences between Enterprise vs. Standard Edition.
>> I have a gut feel that utilizing bitmap indexes and materialized views would improve performance considerably. But, having a something to back it up would be huge.

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