Chapter 57

Undocumented Express

William G. Brown

In 1995, Oracle Corp. realized that its product offerings lacked the functionality of a multidimensional database. Moving quickly to fill this critical need, the company examined writing a new multidimensional database while evaluating the major multidimensional vendors’ offerings. The purchase of the Express multidimensional database and applications from Information Resources, Inc. made it a market leader in the growing business intelligence market.

Express has greatly expanded Oracle’s ability to deliver business intelligence to the user community. Coupled with Oracle’s strong relational database and query tools, Express and its related applications (Oracle Sales Analyzer and Oracle Financial ...

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