OLE DB (Object Linking and Embedding Database) is a set of conventions introduced by Microsoft that allows access to information from a wide range of databases (e.g., MS Access, Oracle). OLE DB is a database architecture that provides universal data integration over an enterprise's network, from mainframe to desktop, regardless of the data type. OLE DB is a more generalized and more efficient strategy for data access than ODBC, because it allows access to more types of data and is based on the Component Object Model (COM).

For more information on OLE DB and importing via SQL, see STATISTICA Query.