Oracle's 11g Launch Impresses - Intelligent Enterprise


The Intelligence Enterprise's weblog has a new article about Oracle 11g.  One thing worth highlighted is the feature he feel impressed about on the advancement of OLAP.


"Materialized views are a technique for
speeding multidimensional queries, such as those exploring sales across
regions, products and customers. However, as the number of materialized
views mounts along with query volumes and complexity, managing those
views becomes difficult. In 11g, Oracle is using an OLAP cube to store
up to millions of materialized views so they can be managed more
efficiently."


One of the problems of the old materialized view is that  you have
to know the level you are going to reported by and create the
materialized view accordingly.  The benefit of using an OLAP engine is
that the aggregation can be available at many different levels andyou
do not need to created multiple specific materialized views for storing
the summaries.   However, the OLAP cubes was stored in a different
technology and populated in different languages.    You need to write
codes to map the data from your source system or warehouse to the
cubes.  The process needs to be run periodically in order to have the
refreshed data from OLAP.  Also, querying the data from OLAP requires a
different programming interface, unless you create the
OLAP-to-Relational mapping view.


The new feature of 11g seems combining the best from both world and solve all the problems!


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