IBM today introduced Cube Views, new DB2 software that better prepares complex information for analysis by a large spectrum of third-party business intelligence applications, helping them perform 10 70 percent more efficiently and enabling them to share information more easily with one another.
DB2 Cube Views uses unique algorithms to automate the creation of online analytical processing (OLAP) meta data that is, defining, describing and indexing information contained in the database so that it can be examined from many perspectives. With Cube Views, for the first time, OLAP meta data can be created once and repeatedly shared among end users, programmers and diverse business intelligence applications during every phase of data gathering and analysis. Programmers can use the meta data to further prepare information for analysis by aggregating data into cube-like, four-dimensional charts, which show data from different perspectives. For instance, a cube may show product sales by region, time period, salesperson, profit margin, and marketing campaign.
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