Essbase - (Dimension|Outline) Build


Building dimensions (known also as building outline) is the process of loading dimension and members data into an Essbase database outline by using a data source and a dimension build rules file.

When you build, you always need a rules file to perform action as:

  • Adding dimensions and members to the database
  • Changing existing dimensions and members in the database

You can load data without updating the outline, update the outline without loading data, or load data and build dimensions simultaneously.

Process for Building Dimension

To load dimensions and members into an Essbase database, follow these steps:

Set up the data source

Set up the data source. If you are not using a rules file, you must set up the data source outside Essbase. If you are using multiple data sources, see Essbase - Performing Deferred-Restructure/Incremental Dimension Builds

Set up the dimension build rules file

Perform the dimension build

Perform the dimension build


Automation tools to build dimension

After you create a dimension build rules file, you may want to automate the process of updating dimensions.

Tool Topic Location
Essbase - Administration Service (EAS) Performing a Data Load or Dimension Build Oracle Essbase Administration Services Online Help
Essbase - MaxL import dimensions Oracle Essbase Technical Reference
Essbase - EssCmd BUILDDIM Oracle Essbase Technical Reference

Example with MaxL

You can automate the loading of dimensions by creating a Essbase - MaxL Script. The import database consists of the following elements:

spool on to "$arborpath\\LoadDims_log.txt";
login $1 $2

/* ********************** */
/* Load Dimension Build Information */
/* ********************** */

import database 'Bigcorp'.'Sales' dimensions from server data_file 'Configpc.txt'
  using server rules_file 'Parchil' on error write to 'c:\dimbuilderr.txt';

import database 'Bigcorp'.'Sales' dimensions from server data_file 'Linepc.txt'
  using server rules_file 'Parchil' on error write to 'c:\dimbuilderr.txt';

import database 'Bigcorp'.'Sales' dimensions from server data_file 'Cuschan.txt'
  using server rules_file 'Parchil' on error write to 'c:\dimbuilderr.txt';


FROM (input data file information)
LOCAL | SERVER /* Location of the data file
FILE TYPE /* Type of data source whether a Text files, Excel File, or Lotus File
FILE PATH 'Path of the file
USING (Information about the Rule File)
LOCAL | SERVER ' Location of the rule file
RULE FILE NAME ' Name of the rule file like Markt
ON ERROR APPEND TO (error File information)
ERROR File name ' Path for error file as c:/log/DimError.log

Spreadsheet files

Restriction from UNIX computer

When using spreadsheet files to load data or build an outline in Essbase, the spreadsheet files must reside on a Windows computer, regardless of the tool you use. Spreadsheet files that reside on a UNIX computer or are transferred via FTP to a UNIX computer are not supported. If Essbase Administration Server is installed on a UNIX computer, data loads and dimension builds from client-side spreadsheet files are not supported.

Remove formatting

To avoid rules file, data load, and dimension build errors, remove formatting in Microsoft Excel data source files; for example, in Excel, set color to “Automatic” and “No Fill,” and remove font settings such as bold and italic.

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