This year, I had the opportunity to present three sessions at the DOAG conference in Nuremberg – one on each conference day. Here a short summary of the sessions and links to the downloads.
Analytic Views are one of the main features for Business Intelligence introduced with Oracle 12c Release 2. They provide a lot of new possibilities for analytical queries on star schemas. This blog post gives an overview of the new functionality.
Oracle 12c Release 2 introduced Analytic Views, a new set of metadata objects that are very useful for Data Warehouses and Business Intelligence applications. In the first blog post about this new feature I will have a detailed look at two of the new object types: Attribute Dimensions and Hierarchies.
Virtual Columns in Oracle are a convenient feature to implement derived measures of a fact table. But in combination with Oracle Database In-Memory, it has an impact on performance – unless you use Oracle 12c Release 2.
Loading data into a Data Vault Model is easy. But how complex is it to extract the data from a Data Vault into a dimensional Data Mart? A Point in Time (PIT) table helps to load Dimensions from a Hub with multiple Satellites.
In my last blog post, I noticed that surrogate keys on a time dimension cannot be combined with partitioned fact tables in a star schema. Actually, there is a way to do that: With reference partitioning it is possible to implement monthly partitioned fact tables based on a surrogate time key. But is this a good idea?
In the physical design of a star schema, it is recommended to use surrogate keys for the primary keys of dimension tables. Except for the time dimension. In Oracle data warehouses it is common to use a DATE column as the primary key. The reason for this decision and several alternative solutions are described in this post.