OLAP Solutions: Building Multidimensional Information Systems / Edition 2

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OLAP enables users to access information from multidimensional datawarehouses almost instantly, to view information in any way theylike, and to cleanly specify and carry out sophisticatedcalculations. Although many commercial OLAP tools and products arenow available, OLAP is still a difficult and complex technology tomaster.

  • Substantially updated with expanded coverage of implementationmethods for data storage, access, and calculation; also, newchapters added to combine OLAP with data warehouse, mining, anddecision support tools
  • Teaches the best practices for building OLAP models thatimprove business and organizational decision-making, completelyindependent of commercial tools, using revised case studies
  • Companion Web site provides updates on OLAP standards andtools, code examples, and links to valuable resources
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471400301
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/18/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 696
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.45 (d)

Meet the Author

ERIK THOMSEN (ethomsen@dsslab.com) is Chief Scientist at DSS Lab, Inc., where he consults on the design and implementation of OLAP-based decision support systems, teaches at corporations and universities, and conducts research in the field of unified information systems. He also writes the "Analytic Solutions" column for Intelligent Enterprise. He is a coauthor of Microsoft OLAP Solutions (Wiley).

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Table of Contents




The Functional Requirements of OLAP Systems.

The Limitations of Spreadsheets and SQL.

Thinking Clearly in N Dimensions.


Introducton to the LC Model.

The Internal Structure of a Dimension.

Hypercubes or Semantic Spaces.

Multidimensional Formulas.


Analytic Visualization.

Physical Design of Applications.


Practical Steps for Designing and Implementing OLAP Models.

Introduction to the Foodcakes Application Example.

Purchasing and Currency Exchange.

Materials Inventory Analysis.

FCI's Sales and Marketing.

FCI's Activity-Based Manegement.

A Computational Example.


Multidimensional Guidelines.

Product Language Comparisons.

DSS Fusion.

Appendix A: Formula Index.

Appendix B: Standards in the OLAP Marketplace.

Appendix C: LC Language Constructs.

Appendix D: Glossary.

Appendix E: The Relationship Between Dimensions andVariables.

Appendix F: Toward a Theoretically Grounded Model for OLAP and ItsConection to the Relational Model and Canonical Logic.

Appendix G: Codd's 18 Features.




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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2003

    The fisrt version was already genial

    A very interesting book to have a general overview of the Olap concepts. Absolutly to be read before to choose an Olap tool or to advice on this technic some customer.

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