CHAPTER 7Leveraging OLAP in Your Organization

The reporting and spreadsheet tools discussed in Chapter 6 are powerful ways to interact with OLAP data and share results, but they are not the only ways. Many packaged applications can use Essbase or Oracle OLAP as a source of data and/or as a calculation engine. For example, you can find applications for planning, forecasting, and cost management. These packaged applications interact with Essbase or Oracle OLAP via Java APIs. The APIs are public, which means that anyone can develop a custom application to work with one of Oracle’s OLAP engines.

In this chapter, we present some Oracle products that can be used with Essbase and Oracle OLAP. For Essbase, we showcase two enterprise performance management ...

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