A data warehouse is often confused with or thought to be the same as a database. While it is true that data warehouses employ databases, the terms are not necessarily synonymous. Imagine that you need to explain to a novice the difference between a data warehouse and a database. Provide at least one example of each and then explain how they differ.
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For less initiated users it is generally difficult to highlight the key differences and similarities between data warehouses and database systems because some previous background is necessary. However, the most important difference resides on the scope level for each of them: (a) database system is designed mainly to store, access, and retrieve data which characterizes the information system, while (b) warehouses are designed to offer analytics capabilities of the data stored in databases. ...
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