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Short for Online Analytical Processing, a category of software tools that provides analysis of data stored in a database. OLAP tools enable users to analyze different dimensions of multidimensional data. For example, it provides time series and trend analysis views.

The chief component of OLAP is the OLAP server, which sits between a client and a database management systems (DBMS). The OLAP server understands how data is organized in the database and has special functions for analyzing the data. There are OLAP servers available for nearly all the major database systems.



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Outstanding Page OLAP Council home page
Provides links to organization and membership information, OLAP technology and applications, newsgroups, white papers,a standard glossary of terms, and many related Web sites.

  Alta Plana's OLAP Page
Offers links to OLAP related Web sites, documentation and resources, corporate pages, and consultants.

  Introduction to OLAP
This white paper provides a good introduction to OLAP and includes sections on multidimensional data, consolidations, simple hierarchies, variables, vector arithmetic, and sparse data. Updated on Apr 11, 1998

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