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Chapter 7. Introducing Online Analytical... > Understanding Online Transaction Pro...

Understanding Online Transaction Processing

OLAP applications are designed for data analysis. However, OLAP applications are not designed for recording the business transactions that make up the data. On the other hand, online transaction processing (OLTP) applications are designed for recording business transactions, but OLTP applications are not designed for data analysis. In this sense, OLAP and OLTP software applications complement each other and both types of applications are the foundation of sound data collection and data analysis systems.

It’s easy to understand why OLTP software is important to a good data-gathering strategy. You know that every time you purchase goods or services, you participate in a sales transaction. For legal auditing purposes, every sales transaction must have a set of data, or business facts, associated with it. Often, sellers record the following facts about their sales transactions:


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