OLAP (online analytical processing) is computer processing that enables a user to easily and selectively extract and view data from different points of view.

5. 8. 7. 6. 4. Multidimensional Conceptual View Transparency Accessibility Consistent Reporting Performance Client Server Architecture Generic Dimensionality Dynamic Sparse Matrix Handling Multiuser Support .OLAP GUIDELINES 1. 3. 2.

11. 12.9. Unrestricted Cross-dimensional Operations Intuitive Data Manipulation Flexible Reporting Unlimited Dimensions and Aggregation Levels . 10.

OLAP CHARACTERISTICS The most fundamental characteristics of OLAP are : Let business users have a multidimensional and logical view of the data in the data warehouse. Along a single business dimension or across multiple dimensions. Facilitate interactive query and complex analysis for the users. Allow users to drill down for greater details or roll up for aggregations of metrics. .

including charts and graphs. . Provide ability to perform intricate calculations and comparisons. Present results in a number of meaningful ways.

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