Business intelligence (BI) is a broad category of application programs and technologies for gathering, storing, analyzing, and providing access to data to help enterprise users make better business decisions. BI applications include the activities of decision support, query and reporting, online analytical processing (OLAP), statistical analysis, forecasting, and data mining. In particular to Microsoft, it supports 3 types of OLAP technology, they are
1. MOLAP: Multidimensional OLAP
2. ROLAP : Relational OLAP
3. HOLAP: Hybrid OLAP
I shall post these definitions in my further posts.