What is OLTP?

OLTP is abbreviation of On‐Line Transaction Processing. This system is an application that modifies data the instance it receives and has a large number of concurrent users.

What is OLAP?

OLAP is abbreviation of Online Analytical Processing. This system is an application that collects, manages, processes and presents multidimensional data for analysis and management purposes.

What is a dimension table?

A dimensional table is a collection of hierarchies and categories along which the user can drill down and drill up. it contains only the textual attributes.

Why should you put your data warehouse on a different system than your OLTP system?

A OLTP system is basically " data oriented " (ER model) and not " Subject oriented "(Dimensional Model) .That is why we design a separate system that will have a subject oriented OLAP system...
Moreover if a complex querry is fired on a OLTP system will cause a heavy overhead on the OLTP server that will affect the daytoday business directly.

What are Aggregate tables?

Aggregate table contains the summary of existing warehouse data which is grouped to certain levels of dimensions.Retrieving the required data from the actual table, which have millions of records will take more time and also affects the server performance.To avoid this we can aggregate the table to certain required level and can use it.This tables reduces the load in the database server and increases the performance of the query and can retrieve the result very fastly.