Oracle Hyperion - Essbase

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1 - About

Hyperion Essbase is an Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) server that :

  • extracts data from a wide range of datasources, including :
    • Oracle Database 11g and other relational databases,
    • files,
    • and spreadsheets,
  • calculates and then aggregates this data
  • and then provides fast access to the results, using a dimensional model through several APIs and languages, including XML/A and MDX. Users interact and intuitively explore data in real time and along familiar business dimensions, enabling them to perform speed-of-thought analytics.


For users with complex analytical requirements, Oracle’s Hyperion Essbase, can provide access to :

  • advanced calculations,
  • forecasts,
  • allocations,
  • cross-dimensional queries,
  • and aggregated data.

Essbase was created to provide :

  • one system that satisfy the global reporting and give accuracy
  • multidimensional spreadsheet-based analysis.

It was originally developed in order to deal with the scalability issues associated with spreadsheets such as Lotus 1-2-3 and Microsoft Excel. It is why Essbase means Extended SpreadSheet Database

Oracle Hyperion Essbase is :

  • part of the Oracle Fusion Middleware family of products.
  • a business analysis server technology
  • an environment for rapid development of custom analytic and enterprise performance management applications.

An OLAP solution is needed when you begin to work with non-additive fact.

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