CHAPTER 3Design and Overall Methodology

To begin to design an effective OLAP application, designers need a background in basic OLAP concepts, as well as knowledge of general OLAP design principles. Next, they need to learn the specifics of their selected OLAP product. Designers should know about the product’s features, functionality, and restrictions, so that they can design an OLAP application that takes advantage of the strengths of the product while avoiding potential pitfalls. They should also understand the OLAP product’s architecture and how that architecture fits into their existing infrastructure. Designers need to know about the capabilities of the product components that come out of the box—including the tools provided to make the process ...

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