Oracle BI 11g R1: Build Repositories

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This course provides step-by-step procedures for building and verifying the three layers of an Oracle BI repository. Students begin by using the Oracle BI Administration Tool to construct a simple repository to address a fictitious company's business requirements. Students import schemas, design and build logical business models, and expose business models to users in the Oracle BI user interface. In the process of constructing the repository, students learn how to build physical and logical joins, simple measures, and calculation measures. Students also learn how to validate their work by creating and running analyses, and verifying query results using the query log.Students then extend the initial repository and learn how to model more complex business requirements, such as logical dimension hierarchies, multiple logical table sources, aggregate tables, partitions, and time series data. Students also learn how to implement Oracle BI Server security, manage Oracle BI Server cache, set up a multi-user development environment, and use Administration Tool wizards and utilities to manage, maintain, and enhance repositories. Finally, students are exposed to more advanced topics, such as implicit fact columns, bridge tables, usage tracking, multilingual environments, write back, and patch merge.Students will learn to: Use the Oracle BI Administration Tool to build, manage, and maintain an Oracle BI repository; Build a dimensional business model to address business intelligence requirements; Build and execute analyses to test and verify a dimensional business model analyses; and Use the Oracle BI Administration Tool to administer Oracle BI Server.

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Basic SQLData warehouse designDatabase designDimensional modelingOracle BI 11g R1: Create Analyses and Dashboards

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Business Intelligence DeveloperData Warehouse AdministratorBusiness AnalystsData Warehouse AnalystApplication DevelopersBusiness AnalystsBusiness Intelligence DeveloperData ModelersData Warehouse AdministratorData Warehouse AnalystData Warehouse DeveloperReports Developer


Create logical dimension hierarchies and level-based measuresBuild the Physical, Business Model and Mapping, and Presentation layers of a repositoryBuild and run analyses to test and validate a repositoryBuild simple and calculated measures for a fact tableModel aggregate tables to speed query processingModel partitions and fragments to improve application performance and usabilityUse variables to streamline administrative tasks and modify metadata content dynamicallyUse time series functions to support historical time comparison analysesSet up security to authenticate users and assign appropriate permissions and privilegesApply cache management techniques to maintain and enhance query performanceSet up query logging for testing and debuggingSet up a multiuser development environmentUse Administration Tool wizards and utilities to manage, maintain, and enchance repositoriesEnable usage tracking to track queries and database usage, and improve query performancePerform a patch merge in a development-to-production scenarioConfigure Oracle BI to support multilingual environments

Repository Basics - Exploring Oracle BI architecture components - Exploring a repository's structure, features, and functions - Using the Oracle BI Administration Tool - Creating a repository - Loading a repository into Oracle BI Server memoryBuilding the Physical Layer of a Repository - Importing data sources - Setting up connection pool properties - Defining keys and joins - Examining physical layer object properties - Creating alias tablesBuilding the Business Model and Mapping Layer of a Repository - Building a business model - Building logical tables, columns, and sources - Defining logical joins - Building measures - Examining business model object propertiesBuilding the Presentation Layer of a Repository - Exploring Presentation layer objects - Creating Presentation layer objects - Modifying Presentation layer objects - Examining Presentation layer object propertiesTesting and Validating a Repository - Checking repository consistency - Turning on logging - Defining a repository in the initialization file - Executing analyses to test a repository - Inspecting the query logManaging Logical Table Sources - Adding multiple logical table sources to a logical table - Specifying logical contentAdding Calculations to a Fact - Creating new calculation measures based on existing logical columns - Creating new calculation measures based on physical columns - Creating new calculation measures using the Calculation Wizard - Creating measures using functionsWorking with Logical Dimensions - Creating logical dimension hierarchies - Creating level-based measures - Creating share measures - Creating dimension-specific aggregation rules - Creating presentation hierarchies - Creating parent-child hierarchies - Using calculated membersUsing Aggregates - Modeling aggregate tables to improve query performance - Setting the number of elements in a hierarchy - Testing aggregate navigation - Using the Aggregate Persistence WizardUsing Partitions and Fragments - Exploring partition types - Modeling partitions in an Oracle BI repository - Using the Calculation Wizard to create derived measuresUsing Repository Variables - Creating session variables - Creating repository variables - Creating initialization blocks - Using the Variable Manager - Using dynamic repository variables as filtersModeling Time Series Data - Using time comparisons in business analysis - Using Oracle BI time series functions to model time series dataModeling Many-to-Many Relationships - Using bridge tables to resolve many-to-many relationships between dimension tables and fact tablesLocalizing Oracle BI Metadata and Data - Localizing repository metadata - Localizing Oracle BI dataSetting an Implicit Fact Column - Adding fact columns automatically to dimension-only queries - Ensuring the expected results for dimension-only queries - Selecting a predetermined fact table source - Specifying a default join path between dimension tables Importing Metadata from Multidimensional Data Sources - Importing a multidimensional data source into a repository - Incorporating horizontal federation into a business model - Incorporating vertical federation into a business model - Adding Essbase measures to a relational model - Displaying data from multidimensional sources in Oracle BI analyses and dashboardsSecurity - Exploring Oracle BI default security settings - Creating users and groups - Creating application roles - Setting up object permissions - Setting row-level security (data filters) - Setting query limits and timing restrictionsCache Management - Restricting tables as non-cacheable - Using Cache Manager - Inspecting cache reports - Purging cache entries - Modifying cache parameters and options - Seeding the cacheEnabling Usage Tracking - Setting up the sample usage tracking repository - Tracking and storing Oracle BI Server usage at the detailed query level - Using usage tracking statistics to optimize query performance and aggregation strategies - Analyzing usage results using Oracle BI Answers and other reporting toolsMultiuser Development - Setting up a multiuser development environment - Developing a repository using multiple developers - Tracking development project historyConfiguring Write Back - Enabling write back in a repository - Creating a write back template - Granting write back privileges - Enabling write back in an analysisPerforming a Patch Merge - Comparing repositories - Equalizing objects - Creating a patch - Applying a patch - Making merge decisions