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OLAP: In Fashion Or Old-Fashioned?

November 7, 2008


  • By Boris Evelson,
  • James G. Kobielus
  • with Rob Karel,
  • Norman Nicolson

Why Read This Report

Online analytical processing (OLAP) is a core component of a complex business intelligence (BI) architectural stack. Even as vendors begin to explore alternative technologies for "slicing" and "dicing" large data sets, OLAP engines, servers, and models still play a key role in most BI solutions for small, midsize, and especially large enterprises. While information and knowledge management (I&KM) professionals need to familiarize themselves with emerging post-OLAP solutions, traditional OLAP approaches will remain an essential component in most BI installations for at least the next five years.

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Table of Contents

  • OLAP Is Here To Stay, At Least For A While
  • The Post-OLAP Era Is Now Upon Us

  • Not All OLAP Options Are Created Equal — Choose Wisely

  • Whither OLAP — Or Rather, Will It Wither?
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