Change Data Capture



(A description of the goal behind the pattern and the reason for using it.)

To capture all changes in data in a source system as they happen, so that any changes in records can be easily loaded and retained in another data repository.

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  • Using changes in the data to record a behaviour which drives an analytical model.  For example the constant changing of a vendors bank account number to indicate employee fraud using bogus invoices.
  • Using changes in data to report on the value of a record at a point of time.  For example loading changes of address as slowly changing dimensions to enable reporting of a persons address at any point of time
  • To remove the need to alter the source application or database to capture changes made.  For example reading the database redo logs so that all changes are automatically captured, without the need ot placing manual triggers in the database or to build a auditing capability within the source application.


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