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Pentaho Analysis is built on the popular Mondrian OLAP engine. The Pentaho BI Platform embeds the Mondrian engine as part of its architecture. Along with the Pentaho BI Platform, the Mondrian engine processes MDX requests with the ROLAP (Relational OLAP) schemas. These schema files are XML metadata models that are created in a specific structure used by the Mondrian engine. These XML models can be considered cube-like structures which utilize existing FACT and DIMENSION tables found in your RDBMS. It does not require that an actual physical cube is built or maintained; only that the metadata model is created. The structures and related API are outlined in the Mondrian Technical Guide that accompanies the Mondrian distribution as well as the Schema Workbench.


  1. Go to File > Save; save the file to the Pentaho Solution repository in this structure: ..\pentaho-solutions\samples\analysis or to a directory on your local workstation, which you can then transfer to the Pentaho Solution repository on the remote BI server.
  2. Save the file as <yourfilename>.mondrian.xml>; you must specify *.mondrian.xml).
  3. Test a simple MDX query by clicking, File > New > MDX Query. A success message appears.

  4. Enter query in query window on top.
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    Note: If query fails to return data then there may be an issue. Adjust the schema design accordingly and retest. Most common problems are the data types being used. It is possible for the schema to still run successfully when deployed to the Pentaho Platform.