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Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11g: A Hands-On Tutorial by Adrian Ward, Haroun Khan, Christian Screen

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Chapter 7. Reporting Databases

No book on Oracle BI would be complete without introducing the concepts of the reporting database.

Just to be clear, Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) is neither a database nor a storage system for data. OBIEE grabs data from a source (which is normally a database), and sends it to your screen (or e-mail, PDF, and so on) in a presentable format.

As discussed in previous chapters, the source data can be held in a variety of formats including spreadsheets, tables, and XML. However, for most large implementations, a database is the only suitable source. If there are millions, or even billions of data items, a database is crucial. Moreover, a well-structured and well-maintained database is essential ...

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