OLAP (On Line Analytical Processing) is an approach to quickly provide the answer to analytical queries that are dimensional in nature. It is part of the broader category business intelligence, which also includes Extract transform load (ETL), relational reporting and data mining. The typical applications of OLAP are in business reporting for sales, marketing, management reporting, business process management (BPM), budgeting and forecasting, financial reporting and similar areas.
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