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Data Warehouse Question

Data Warehouse Question

Data Warehouse Question

This is slightly off-topic with regard to SQL Server 2005 but I hope nobody minds as I can't find a data warehouse forum.

I'm pretty clear on dimensional modelling after ploughing through a few books this week and asking a few key questions on tek-tips.  I have one grey area left.

Once you have a nice start schema for each business process you are ready to build a nice OLAP cube.  However...is it common practice to just create a view over the star schema and make it available to report writers?.  In other words, is the Star Schema suitable as a non-OLAP reporting source?


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RE: Data Warehouse Question

Here's the general Data Warehousing forum:  
forum353: Data warehousing general discussion


In other words, is the Star Schema suitable as a non-OLAP reporting source

Yes, the Star Schema is a model that can be used by other clients, and it's more than just a relational feeder into a MOLAP database.  You can use it with a Business Objects Universe for example.  Just make sure that if you have any meaningful information developed in the cube itself--like calculations--that you could end up with differing versions if the reporting analysts are forced to recreate those in their reporting software.

RE: Data Warehouse Question

Once again thanks on all fronts.


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