Business Intelligence: An Introduction

In This Chapter

•   Online Transaction Processing vs. Business Intelligence

•   Data Warehouses and Data Marts

•   Data Warehouse Design

•   Cubes and Their Architectures

•   Data Access

The goal of this chapter is to introduce you to an important area of database technology: business intelligence (BI). The first part of the chapter explains the difference between the online transaction processing world on one side and the BI world on the other side. A data store for a BI process can be either a data warehouse or a data mart. Both types of data store are discussed, and their differences are listed in the second part of the chapter. The design of data in BI and the need for creation of aggregate ...

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