A collective term for the field of developing reporting and analytic systems, often associated with data warehousing.

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What are Measures and Dimensions in Cubes

I'm very new to Microsoft Sql Server Business Intelligence and Analysis Service(but I'm programming for years with SQL Server).Can any one describe Measures and Dimensions in Cubes in Simple words(If ...
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Is it good or bad practice to have a fact table relate to the same dimension table multiple times?

I'm new to DW/BI, and this seems like a pretty basic question, but I can't seem to find a good answer. I have a fact table that would have more than one date associated with it, so I was thinking ...
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What are the smartest companies doing nowadays for business reporting and analytics? [on hold]

We are an innovation company and we pride ourselves with disrupting industries and forward thinking. Our challenges: Find the easiest way to connect to and combine data from multiple sources that ...
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IBI webfocus or IBM Cognos for Business intelligence [closed]

My company is in the process of choosing a BI tool for our enterprise data warehouse. We are very new to BI but have a team that does a lot of analytics. We liked the demonstration of both webfocus ...
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How do you roll up header-level values on a fact table with line-item granularity?

From what I've read, the recommended granularity for a fact table based on an order header / line item structure is at the line item level. In the process, any additive values that apply only to the ...
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Business Logic in Data Warehouse

my question is: Should business logic be stored in the data warehouse data store? Or should it only exist in the reporting applications? To give a more concrete example: In the CRM operational ...
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MDX Max, Average and StDev functions not giving correct results

I have a scenario where I have Date dimension and Time dimension along with some other dimensions. The time dimension contains only Hours since there was no need to save data at minute or second ...
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Daily snapshot fact table

I have a list of products per costumer. Costumers can delete or add products to their list. I want to know in each day what is the list of products (and count) by costumer. My first approach is to ...
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How to determine if an Oracle table is locked or not?

We've been using BI software and a repository database that are installed on Oracle Enterprise 11gR2. Some of these batch reports will try to access a database table which may still be locked. How ...
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RapidMiner Not Connecting To SQL Server Database Connection

I recently installed RapidMiner and tried connecting the application to my MS SQL database connection via the Manage Database Connections feature. I have followed video tutorials on integrating SQL ...
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Have a separate database for data warehousing?

I have built a typical web application using PHP and MySQL for enterprise usage. The MySQL database is 3NF as much as possible. However, as time goes by, the requests for the data appear to be more ...
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What known strategies, if any, can I use to validate a Slowly Changing Dimension?

I have a customer dimension in our data warehouse (SSAS 2014 Multidimensional). It is set up as a Type II SCD, with just Start and End Date fields to track changes. (null end date = current). As our ...
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2 SSRS Instances, one in native mode and one in sharepoint integrated mode on same server

Wanted to know if I can have two SSRS instances on the same server, one in native mode and one in SharePoint integrated mode. I have one SSRS instance in native mode on a SQL server default instance ...
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Which business intelligence tool is better for use with a PostgreSQL database? [closed]

I'm trying to find a good BI tool which can be connected to a PostgreSQL database. I need the following abilities: Reporting Services Dashboards OLAP Data Mining. The BI server should work on ...
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How to choose suitable naming convention for Dimensional Table Column in a Data Mart?

I have done a lot of reading on naming columns for use in a data mart / data warehouse, as well as for general programming usage. For example, if I had a business branch in a normal application I ...
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SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence licensing

I have Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Entreprise Edition license, What are the tools needed to work on SSIS/SSAS/SSRS? Since BIDS was replaced with SSDT on the 2012 version, does it mean I will need to ...
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How to insert values into Bridge Table in star schema?

I am modelling my database with respect to star schema with bridge tables. My master Table looks like below. I need to convert this format to star schema. MasterTable StudentNumber | Subject1 | ...
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Use Oracle 10g BI enterprise edition with Oracle 11g database

Can i use Oracle 10g BI enterprise edition with Oracle 11g database. please tell. Thanks.
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Modeling Conversion Events in a Data Warehouse

How should I model conversion events? For instance, if a sales opportunity goes from "stage: prospecting" to "stage: validating", should that be treated as a changing dimension, or a conversion event ...
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Best approach for populating date dimension table

I am looking to populate a date dimension table in a SQL Server 2008 database. The fields in the table are as follows: [DateId] INT IDENTITY(1,1) PRIMARY KEY [DateTime] ...
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How do I choose primary keys for star schema BI data warehouse?

I am extracting sales turnover data from a Microsoft Dynamics Database into another SQL database that will be used by the BI tool of choice. This data is coming from G/L (general ledger) entry items. ...
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BI development in Microsoft BI

I need to learn how to create a dimensional modelling for an organisation that do not has a BI tool and BI model. Where can I learn more about BI development that should be used in a company? IT's ...
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What are the arguments in favor of using ELT process over ETL?

I realized that my company uses an ELT (extract-load-transform) process instead of using an ETL (extract-transform-load) process. What are the differences in the two approaches and in which situations ...
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Search, filter and group across all columns in a tall and wide dataset quickly [closed]

We have certain datasets which may span 80 to 300 fields, across 300,000 to 35 million rows. For each dataset, we want to produce a web based analysis tool (a web grid) which would allow our users ...
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Review Technical ETL process for knowledge management

I'm looking for source code and all related component/material to review technical ETL process between source database and Data Warehouse in order to increase my knowledge in technical Business ...
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Using a data warehouse staging database as a source of operational data

Should you use the staging database within a data warehouse as a source of operational data? ie, is it good practice for other operational (non BI) systems to source their data from this database? ...
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Merge data using Integration Service

Please Consider this scenario: I have a table in my database. I want move this data in my OLAP database using SSIS.I can move all record from my table to OLAP database.The problem is I don't know how ...
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BI - Cube Concept and MDX Query Help

In a Mondrian Schema, I have a fact table for Sales, a dimension table Time and a dimension table Client. I need to create a Saiku report where i can show How many clients Joined in per year. I have ...
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Can you give me one example of Business Intelligence?

I don't really understand what Business Intelligence is all about. If I start from having a corporate DB, what is it that a BI person would do? I found plenty of material on the web, but it usually is ...
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Right Tool for Data Mapping in Relation to Business Intelligence

When you are working as a BI developer you also need to create a data mapping between dimensional modeling and source system. What kinda application to visualize a data mapping?
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What advantages does in-memory OLAP have over traditional systems with significant memory?

Do in-memory OLAP engines have advantages over the traditional OLAP engines backed by enough RAM to contain the entire cube(s)? For example, if I use a MOLAP engine (SSAS) and GB / TB of RAM where ...
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Advices for modeling facts, time hierarchies based on two conditions

Sorry if my question does not belong to that SE but I tried to find the best place and it ended up here. My problem is this : I've got a table modeled as this in our datawarehouse env. : MYTABLE ...
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Database reporting alerts

I am about to make a reporting/alerting mechanism that will periodically examine state of one of my databases that is constantly updated and send reports/fire alerts if needed depending on the data in ...
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BI and Self Service Reporting Tools that Support Web (HTML) Interface? [closed]

Hopefully a simple question. What BI tools (commercial or OSS) support self-service reporting or self-service BI via an HTML web interface? I specified HTML because I know of at least one that can ...
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How do I display subtotals in cube browser in SSAS 2012 (Sql Server Data Tools)?

Apparently this feature was available in previous versions but has now been removed. What are some alternatives?
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Using SQL Server 2012 for Business Intelligence Features Only, No Database Engine

I would like to implement SQL Server 2012 purely for the Business Intelligence Features: SSIS, SSAS and SSRS on its own server. I current have SQL Server 2008R2 Database Engine installed on another ...
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Recalculate Time Dimension in BIDS

I'm using BIDS to create a cube in SSAS 2008 r2. I used the wizard to create a time dimension. Part of that configuration is selecting a date range. After creation, I realized that I needed a wider ...
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How should I configure these disks on a SQL Server for a BI configuration?

Assuming constant memory (32gb) and CPU (4), 2 x disk arrays, I have the following disks 2 x 150 (10k) 6 x 150 (15k) They are all local disks. My requirements My DB is 350gb and set to default ...
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What are good resources on data modelling for business intelligence? [closed]

We are a SaaS startup offering purchase & procurement solutions. The data model for operational transactions has been created (relational DB). We also want to offer analytics on those transactions ...
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What are the differences between Cognos and SPSS modeler products?

My school wants to start doing some data mining, and probably go with an IBM product. I've done a fair amount of searching, but the differences between the two products seem cloudy to those of us who ...
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Solutions for reporting off of an EAV structured database?

Existing setup SQL Server 2005 with standard EAV table that users want to slice and dice with a BI tool (Cognos). Is there any hope that we can transform this data into a format that we can report ...
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Advice on how to approach data cleaning & importing

I am importing and cleaning data from a datasource that have records like this: The data needs sorting and rearranging based on the Event Type. The destination schema would be something like ...
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debugging an ssis package which is invoked from a .net application?

can we attach a debugger to an SSIS package which is invoked to execute from a .net assembly?
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sys.dm_exec_requests does not show short lived requests?

We have a third party BI tool. The BI Tool consists of a server service that builds cubes, and an IIS Service that renders dashboards to users. The cube service and the dashboard service are ...
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Methodology & Architecture to Create ETL Process

What book or webpage can I read the architecture and methodology for creating ETL process? In other words, I'm looking for "how to do it" to create a ETL process when you have many source system to ...
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Identifying interesting data for further analysis

I frequently come across this kind of situation where i have a timeseries based data with lots of categories. What i'd like is some tool that can scan my data and tell me which categories are ...
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Tutorial in datamining [closed]

Where can I find about tutorial of datamining in SQL server 2012 or 2008 R2? The purpose is to improve my knowledge in datamining.
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Using surrogate key after merging the person's data?

This question is about business intelligence with sql server 2008 R2. If you have a person named Jim Brown with his birthdate and social security number (SSN) being located in three different source ...
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Find material for improvement in Microsoft BI

Which websites, books etc. can you recommend me to improve my basic knowledge in Microsoft Business Intelligence 2008, SSAS, SSIS and SSRS? Please remember that I'm a newbie in technical BI tool. If ...