Essbase as cloud service has a different name, but still is the original and trusted MOLAP engine, and is extended with Oracle Data Visualization.
The difference is the self-service environment for analytics, as well as for the Data Visualization. Oracle Smartview is used as an easy-to-use interface for defining, maintaining and updating models. It brings Essbase back to the departmental level, but for larger and complex models, it can remain at the IT department as well.
It will balance business freedom and data governance to achieve the best blend of self-service agility and operational consistency for the organization, in order to fuel innovation without sacrificing accuracy and peace of mind.
Data connectors are available for a wide array of sources, Oracle and non-Oracle. In addition to native connectors, OAC supports open ODBC and JDBC. The connectors for Oracle SaaS applications have embedded intelligence to receive meaningful information immediately and to accelerate your analysis. The inline data preparation includes visual data flows that allow users to view the steps, to transform and enrich data and then automate it.