What is Oracle Essbase?

Named by InfoWorld Magazine as one of the top 10 technologies of the 20th century, Oracle's Hyperion Essbase allows users to model, analyze, and interpret the most complex business scenarios. Essbase is an object oriented database that provides users with multidimensional analysis capabilities. Essbase Databases are often called ?Cubes? and are defined by dimensions, which themselves are hierarchical groups of members Data is organized into cross sectional groups that can be accessed by users depending on what sections of the hierarchal dimensions they wish to see. The Dimensions are hierarchical representations of descriptors that business users are familiar with, such as a Product Hierarchy. By simply choosing any point in the various dimension hierarchies users are instantly presented with the data values. Users can drill up or down, or users can pivot different dimensions to form new cross sections and better analyze the information. Essbase is optimized to support On-Line Analytical Processing (OLAP) as opposed to the more traditional transaction processing (OLTP) found in relational databases. This enables rapid response times for large volumes of users and large volumes of information.

Essbase gets its name from Extended Spreadsheet Database and is commonly accessed via a spreadsheet add-in that provides users the capability to analyze information within a familiar environment such as Microsoft Excel. Essbase can accept data input from end users which makes it a very capable budgeting tool in addition to its analytic capabilities. Essbase also contains a very powerful calculation engine and is often used to create Profitability Costing models or other types of analytic models that require allocations or more advanced calculations. Essbase is the analytical engine of packaged applications such as Hyperion Planning, Oracle BI Solutions, and the multi-dimensional data store for analytical applications.

MindStream Analytics can help you learn more about Hyperion Planning and its full scope of capabilities. Our consultants hold various leadership positions within the Hyperion community including the Oracle Application User Group's (OAUG) Hyperion Special Interest Group (SIG) Domain Lead for Essbase.

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