Oracle BI Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) 11g: Building Repositories

Course:  OBIBR
Duration:  5 Days
Level:  II
Course Summary

This course teaches students how to build and verify the three layers of an Oracle BI repository. Students begin by using the Oracle BI Administration Tool to create a simple repository. Using schemas, they will design and build logical business models, and expose business models to users in the Oracle BI user interface. Students learn how to build physical and logical joins, simple measures, and calculation measures. Validation will be incorporated by creating and running analyses, and verifying query results using the query log.

Modeling more complex business requirements, such as logical dimension hierarchies, multiple logical table sources, aggregate tables, partitions, and time series data is included. Implementing Oracle BI Server security, managing Oracle BI Server cache, setting up a multi-user development environment, and using Administration Tool wizards and utilities to manage, maintain, and enhance repositories is included. Implicit fact columns, bridge tables, usage tracking, multilingual environments, write back, and patch merge will be discussed.

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Topics Covered In This Course

Repository Basics

  • Exploring Oracle BI architecture components
  • Exploring a repository's structure, features, and functions
  • Using the BI Administration Tool
  • Creating a repository
  • Loading a repository into Oracle BI Server memory

Building the Physical Layer of a Repository

  • Importing data sources
  • Setting up connection pools
  • Defining keys and joins
  • Examining physical layer object
  • Creating alias tables

Building 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

Building the Presentation Layer of a Repository

  • Exploring Presentation layer objects
  • Creating Presentation layer objects
  • Modifying Presentation layer objects
  • Examining Presentation layer object properties

Testing 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 log
  • Tuning considerations

Managing Logical Table Sources

  • Adding multiple logical table sources to a logical table
  • Specifying logical content

Adding 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 functions

Working 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 members

Using Aggregates

  • Modeling aggregate tables to improve query performance
  • Setting the number of elements in a hierarchy
  • Testing aggregate navigation
  • Using the Aggregate Persistence Wizard

Using Partitions and Fragments

  • Exploring partition types
  • Modeling partitions in an Oracle BI repository
  • Using the Calculation Wizard to create derived measures

Using Repository Variables

  • Creating session variables
  • Creating repository variables
  • Creating initialization blocks
  • Using the Variable Manager
  • Using dynamic repository variables as filters

Modeling Time Series Data

  • Using time comparisons in business analysis
  • Using Oracle BI time series functions to model time series data

Modeling Many-to-Many Relationships

  • Using bridge tables to resolve many-to-many relationships between dimension tables and fact tables

Localizing Oracle BI Metadata and Data

  • Localizing repository metadata
  • Localizing Oracle BI data

Setting 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
  • Displaying data from multidimensional sources in Oracle BI analyses and dashboards


  • 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 restrictions

Cache Management

  • Restricting tables as non-cacheable
  • Using Cache Manager
  • Inspecting cache reports
  • Purging cache entries
  • Modifying cache parameters and options
  • Seeding the cache

Enabling 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 tools

Multiuser Development

  • Setting up a multiuser development environment
  • Developing a repository using multiple developers
  • Tracking development project history

Configuring Write Back

  • Enabling write back in a repository
  • Creating a write back template
  • Granting write back privileges
  • Enabling write back in an analysis

Performing a Patch Merge

  • Comparing repositories
  • Equalizing objects
  • Creating a patch
  • Applying a patch
  • Making merge decisions
What You Can Expect

At the end of this course, students will be able 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
  • Use the Oracle BI Administration Tool to administer Oracle BI Server
Who Should Take This Course

This course is designed for the Business Intelligence Developer, the Data Warehouse Administrator, Business Analysts, the Data Warehouse Analyst, Data Modelers, Reports Developers, the Data Warehouse Developer and Application Developers.

Recommended Prerequisites

Students should have know basic SQL and have some understanding of Data warehouse design, Database design, and Dimensional modeling.

Training Style

Instructor led with 50% lecture and 50% lab.

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