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Oracle Essbase 9 Implementation Guide

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Joseph Sydney Gomez, Sarma Anantapantula

Develop high-performance multidimensional analytic OLAP solutions with Oracle Essbase 9 with this book and eBook
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847196866
Paperback444 pages

About This Book

  • Build multidimensional Essbase database cubes and develop analytical Essbase applications
  • Step-by-step instructions with expert tips from installation to implementation
  • Can be used to learn any version of Essbase starting from 4.x to 11.x
  • For beginners as well as experienced professionals; no Essbase experience required

Who This Book Is For

This book is primarily for the IT professional who has a good understanding of IT principles and processes but is a multidimensional OLAP novice. Experienced OLAP professionals will also gain insight from this book.

Simply put, if you are in the IT field and wish to gain a functional level of knowledge in the world of Oracle Essbase, whether it be for a developer role or a PM or BA role, this is the book you need.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Installing Oracle Essbase
Installing the Essbase analytic server
Installing Essbase Administration Services
Starting the EAS
Installing the Essbase Add-in for Microsoft Excel
A typical network setup
Summary
Chapter 2: Essbase Data and Design Considerations
Introduction to OLAP
Determining the data requirements
Determine data storage options
Types of Essbase applications
Creating your first Essbase application
Types of Essbase databases
Database components
Allowing duplicate member names
Create your first Essbase database
Types of Essbase users
Summary
Chapter 3: Building the Essbase Outline
Before we begin
The Essbase outline—the foundation
Dimensions and members
Types of dimensions
Build your first outline
Member properties
Build your first data rules file
Update your outline using a rules file
Attribute dimensions
User Defined Attributes (UDA)
Dynamic Time Series
Shared members
Summary
Chapter 4: Loading Data into Essbase
Make your data Essbase-friendly
Types of data sources
Data load methods
Building your first data load rules file
Loading data into your database
Data Load vs. Dimension Build
Summary
Chapter 5: Calculating your Essbase Cube
Calculating your database
Calculation types explained
Essbase calculation terminology
Default database calculation script
Calc All
Calculate/Aggregate dimension
Essbase Calc commands and functions
Order of calculation
Two-Pass Calc
Using Substitution Variables
Building your first Calculation Script
Executing your Calculation Scripts
Summary
Chapter 6: Using your Essbase Cube
Using your Essbase database
Ways to extract your Essbase data
The Essbase Report Script
Executing your report scripts
Previewing data in EAS
Summary
Chapter 7: Getting the most out of the Microsoft Excel Add-in
Reporting with the Microsoft Excel Add-in
Using the Essbase Query Designer
Summary
Chapter 8: Automating your Essbase Cube
Essbase command scripts (EssCmd)
Essbase MaxL scripts
Essbase Application Programming Interface (API)
Summary
Chapter 9: Advanced Techniques
Performance tuning your database
The shape of your database outline
Database configuration settings
Partitioning databases
Analytic server configuration file
Memory management
Summary
Chapter 10: Essbase Analytics Option
What is ASO
MDX query language
Pros and cons of ASO and BSO
Summary
Chapter 11: Essbase System 9 Components
Overview of System 9 components
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Dig into the concept of multidimensional database cubes and explore the similarities to and differences from traditional relational databases
  • Build effective database outlines including dimensions and members
  • Extract data from source systems like SQL Sources or Input Data Files and load them into Essbase cubes
  • Create fast and efficient database calculation scripts for your Essbase applications
  • Extract data into reports or downstream systems by writing professional database report scripts
  • Make your work easier by automating Essbase processes like cube building or running calc and report scripts
  • Generate quality dynamic ad hoc spreadsheets and reports by using Microsoft's Excel Add-In effectively
  • Perform required and optional maintenance and performance-tuning tasks just like an experienced Essbase administrator

In Detail

The hot new data analysis trends involve business intelligence and analytics. The technology that supports business intelligence and analytics better than anything else is today's multidimensional OLAP technology – and there is none better than Oracle Essbase! Although storing data in a cube and developing analytical applications leaves many people grasping for understanding, especially if their experience is with relational databases, embracing OLAP technology will pay big dividends in the long run.

It's easy to develop multidimensional analytic OLAP solutions when you have got this Oracle Essbase book to hand. It is a step-by-step guide to timeless Essbase fundamentals, which takes you from a basic software installation through to launching a fully functioning Essbase database cube.

This book will guide you through every stage of installing Oracle's Essbase software on your analytic server, the Essbase Administration Services client, and the client software itself. You will learn, in easy-to-understand language, the concepts of multidimensional database technology as you are taken step by step through building an actual Essbase application complete with database, database calculation scripts, and database report scripts.

Once you have your system built and functional, the next course of instruction covers the available automation features included in your Essbase software package and how to use them. These chapters alone are worth the price of admission!
As an IT professional you quite rightly have a desire to understand multidimensional OLAP – this book gives you that understanding. Should you wish to embark on an exciting career as an Essbase developer/administrator, this book provides a fantastic foundation from which to grow.

Best of all, this book is filled with the tips and tricks that you can only get from many years and countless hours spent playing with Essbase. You get them all in just the time it takes you to complete this book.

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