Oracle OLAP is a world class multidimensional analytic engine embedded in Oracle Database 12c. Oracle OLAP cubes deliver sophisticated calculations using simple SQL queries - producing results with speed of thought response times. This outstanding query performance may be leveraged transparently when deploying OLAP cubes as materialized views – enhancing the performance of summary queries against detail relational tables. Because Oracle OLAP is embedded in Oracle Database 12c, it allows centralized management of data and business rules in a secure, scalable and enterprise-ready platform.
Oracle OLAP makes it easy to produce analytic measures, including time-series calculations, financial models, forecasts, allocations, regressions, and more. Hundreds of analytic functions can be easily combined in custom functions to solve nearly any analytic calculation requirement. Oracle OLAP cubes are represented using a star schema design: dimension views form a constellation around the cube (or fact) view. This standard representation of OLAP data makes it easy for any reporting and analysis tool or application - including sophisticated business intelligence solutions, SQL-based development tools and Microsoft Excel - to leverage the power of Oracle OLAP in a simple and productive way.
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With Oracle OLAP you can:
Easily define a multidimensional model with advanced analytic calculations
Productively deliver rich analytics to any reporting and analysis tool using simple SQL
Transparently improve summary queries against tables using cube-based materialized views
Combine OLAP data with any other data in your Oracle Database - including spatial, data mining, XML, documents and more
Leverage your existing Oracle Database expertise and software investment
Oracle has a very active research organization (Oracle Labs) that is charged to 'Identify, explore, and transfer new technologies that have the potential to substantially improve Oracle's business'. One part of the organization is the External Research Office (ERO). The ERO is charged to ' ... invest in research collaborations that fit Oracle's long-term strategic goals. These collaborations are between university researchers and engineers/researchers throughout Oracle's various organizations'. The ERO webpage lists numerous current and past collaborations. Oracle provides funds and direct interactions with highly experienced developers.