SSAS Dimension Hierarchies

Refining Cube Dimensions Once a cube has been created, dimensions should be refined by updating attributes and hierarchies. With respect to hierarchies, there are two primary types – natural and reporting. Natural Natural hierarchies contains relationships between levels and expand as they are traversed. One example of a natural hierarchy resides within the Geography dimension.…

SSAS: Creating a Cube

Implementing a Cube Design Now that I’ve covered the basics of how to design a cube, I will demonstrate the basics of creating a cube. Within Solution Explorer, launch the New Cube Wizard. Proceed to the second step and select to Use existing tables and click Next. Select a measure group(s) which contain measures and dimensions…

SSAS: BIDS Exploring a Cube

Using BIDS to Explorer Cube Characteristics and Data With my cube designed and created, I will now leverage the BIDS interface to expose its rich features. First, I’ll select the Customer dimension to Explore Data. Now I’m presented with a series of sub-tabs which I may use to view Table data, use a Pivot Table, view…

SSAS Designing a Cube

Ensuring Rich Reports based on Cubes Often when beginning business intelligence development, specifically within data warehouses, a team may inefficiently “reinvent the wheel” rather than leverage existing reports and processes which may prove valuable to the organization. When cubes are designed, even new ones, the following steps will help to ensure the data they produce…

SSAS Viewing a Cube in Excel

Using Excel to View Cubes and Configure Pivot Table Reports Similar to my article SSAS BIDS Cube Browser, Microsoft provides another tool for any end user to view a cube’s measures and dimensions to configure highly analytical reports. First, use the wizard under the Data tab to configure an connection to your cube. In the…

SSAS: BIDS Cube Browser

Using BIDS to Configure Cube Reporting Microsoft provides a cube browser within the Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS) which allows a developer to view cubes and construct reports using dimensions and measures.  The functionality is similar to using Excel to view and configure cube reporting. For this article, I will use the sample data warehouse…

SSAS: OLAP Schemas

Arranging Database Tables to Support Rich, Effective Analysis In traditional systems used for e-commerce or other common input/edit systems commonly referred to as online transactional processing (OLTP), there should be no instances of duplicate data, for OLAP the opposite is true. For OLTP systems the focus is on the fastest method of providing high-volume additions…