In its simplest form, a Data Warehouse is a system for storing and reporting data. The data may be collected from multiple sources throughout a single agency or across multiple agencies. These data are then accessible via web services built to retrieve, update and share that data either internally or amongst other agencies.
The power of a Data Warehouse is the security, flexibility, and accessibility it provides for all of the agencies who utilize it. This flexibility and adaptability is made possible through well-organized data structures that allow the data to be aggregated and compiled quickly and efficiently. This dynamic tool can reduce intake time and errors while increasing accuracy in reporting across multiple agencies.