Introduction

If you are interested in multidimensional analysis and in introducing online analytical processing (OLAP) technology into your organization, this book is for you. As suggested by the title, the primary purpose of this book is to differentiate Oracle OLAP and Oracle Essbase, and help you choose the right product for your organization. However, while the focus is on Oracle products, you will also find general information about OLAP.

We explain what OLAP is and why it is important. Real-world case studies highlight Oracle products, but can also help you envision how OLAP in general enhances business intelligence in an organization. We introduce general OLAP concepts and design principles before showing how they map to Oracle products. ...

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