What is OLAP?

Online Analytical Processing is the most powerful and exciting technology available to businesses for real-time decision making.

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eGuide for OLAP and Business Intelligence Terms


This FREE downloadable reference can give you a leg up with the jargon associated with Business Intelligence and OLAP projects.


The eGuide contains succinct definitions for what we’ve determined are 15 common OLAP and Business Intelligence terms.  Words such as “dependencies”, “alias”, and “persistent calculation” are defined here as well as the more basic “cube” and “slice”.



Follow OLAP Tutorials

Following these exercises with a real OLAP product will teach you about Business Intelligence and OLAP basics.

These tutorials givesyou a chance to get hands on with data modeling and analysis with access to actual software and step-by-step instructions.  

To follow these tutorials as they are intended, please first download the Free OLAP and Business Intelligence software provided by our sponsors at PARIS Tech


Learn about Types of OLAP Systems

OLAP comes in a different flavors. Read about the types of OLAP that have existed and what is happening in the market now.

First there was ROLAP, and then MOLAP, and Hybrids systems and, more recently in-memory systems.  Read here about what defines different systems, what their limitations are as well as what is trending in the OLAP and Business Intelligence market now.

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