Is a glass half full or half empty? That depends on your point of view. The same facts and data can produce multiple points of view. These multiple views can be utilized by multiple people for different reasons. This is the function of OLAP Services. On-Line Analytical Processing (OLAP) provides customers with tools that can be used to perform "multidimensional analysis" on data to discover hidden information within the database. NCR Corporation recently announced that it has added a comprehensive suite of OLAP Services to its Teradata relational database.

OLAP uses a multidimensional view of aggregate data to provide quick access to strategic information for further analysis. Users can gain insight into data through fast, consistent, interactive access to a wide variety of possible views of information. This allows everyone in the enterprise to see the corporate data warehouse from their particular point of view.

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