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This course is aimed at Professional Report Authors.


Delegates should have:


2 days.


This is an advanced course in which professional report authors build on their experience with Report Studio by applying dimensional techniques to reports.

Through interactive demos and workshops, delegates learn how to author reports that navigate and manipulate dimensional data structures using specific dimensional functions and features available in Report Studio.

Course objectives include:

  • Introduce Dimensional Concepts.
  • Introduce Dimensional Data in Reports.
  • Dimensional Report Context.
  • Focus Dimensional Data.
  • The use of Calculations and Dimensional Functions.
  • Functions for Navigating Dimensional Hierarchies.
  • Relative Functions.
  • Advanced Drilling Techniques and Member Sets.
  • Setting Up Drill-Through Reports.


Introduction to Dimensional Concepts
Discuss dimensional structure and benefits.
Compare dimensional and relational model types.
Examine dimensional data structure.

Introduction to Dimensional Data in Reports
Define and use members in reports.
Define and use sets in reports.
Define tuples and data intersections.
Examine dimensional functions for members, sets and tuples.
Explore user interface methods for adding data to reports.

Dimensional Report Context
Examine the impact of report context.
Understand current members, root members and default members.
Understand current measures and default measures.

Focus Dimensional Data
Compare relational and dimensional queries.
Identify dimensional style filtering techniques.
Filter non-null data.
Focus reports based on members.
Focus reports based on measures.

Calculations and Dimensional Functions
Create totals and aggregates.
Combine functions for complex calculations.
Avoid common errors.

Functions for Navigating Dimensional Hierarchies
Use functions to traverse the dimensional hierarchies.
Create reports with children(), ancestor() and descendants() functions.

Relative Functions
Understand relative functions.
Create periods-to-date reports.
Focus reports on current time periods.
Compare data to past parallel time periods.

Advanced Drilling Techniques and Member Sets
Review basic drilling up and drilling down.
Identify cases for advanced drilling configurations.
Enable advanced drilling behavior.
Preserve report sort order when drilling.
Preserve complex calculations when drilling.
Maintain dashboard report context when drilling.

Set Up Drill-Through Reports
Drill through from one report to another.
Create package-based drill-through.
Design source and target reports with dimensional data.
Drill through from dimensional data to relational data.
Create a single report with data from multiple sources.

End-to-End Workshop
Review concepts covered throughout the course.

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