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On Track Rail News - October 3, 2008
From On Track Rail News, a Teradata in-house publication produced by Lori Roets

The Extraboard - An EDW Viewpoint - October 3, 2008
by Lori Roets

“It’s not your father’s railroad”. I heard this statement cited at a conference this week relative to the changing face of the rail workforce. But the statement is equally true with regards to the way railroads are run today. Trains would scarcely move today were it not for information technology. One only has to look at the impact of a system outage to see just how dependent today;s railroads are on information systems. As active data warehousing plays an increasingly role at US railroads, EDW technology is being thrust to the forefront of rail operations. 24 / 7 availability with nearreal time data feeds and ultra data quality is critical. Gone are the days of hand written consists and manually sorted train lists. No, it’s definitely not your father’s railroad…. It’s even better.