"Enterprise customers want scalability, reliability,
redundancy and security, but some database programmers are looking
for features such as solid transaction support, stored procedures
and more functions. How do IT managers decide what features are
"Scott Noyes: Two terms come into play when
choosing a data storage engine for business. OLAP (Online
Analytical Processing) generally concerns analysis of data to
support business decisions--comparing yearly profits, building
cross tabs or aggregating customer demographics. OLTP (Online
Transaction Processing) generally concerns the daily process of
business--shopping carts, inventory and the general ledger..."
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