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Oracle Business Intelligence: The Condensed Guide to Analysis and Reporting by Yuli Vasiliev

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Deriving information from existing data

As you have no doubt realized, having data does not automatically mean having information. To turn data into meaningful information, analysis tools are required. Such tools can be implemented as standalone applications, or be integrated within a database or application server layer.

If you're dealing with data stored in a database, implementing data processing logic at the database tier seems to be most efficient. For example, Oracle Database offers a number of native features focusing on data analysis—the process of converting data into information. Sometimes, though, to obtain the required piece of information from your data, it's quite enough to issue a simple SQL query against it. For example, if you ...

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