CHAPTER 6Reporting from an OLAP Application

Even the most sophisticated technical implementation of an OLAP solution can fail if put into production without thought to the reporting needs of the users. Without user input, the system will not meet user expectations.

Frequently, we hear how the user community simply wants one reporting tool—an idea that speaks to simplicity, but is unfortunately flawed. The reality is there is not a single “silver bullet” reporting tool, because there is no single type of user. Typically, several use cases are needed to drive the application design. For example, an executive “big-button” user needs technology to be simple and guide him, while a technical analyst wants technology to get out of the way and let her ...

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