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Evaluating Pentaho Analysis Using Your Own Data

This document contains instructions and information that helps you evaluate Pentaho Analysis using your own data. This document should be used with the current version of the Pentaho Open BI Suite, version 1.6.

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 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 required that an actual physical cube is built or maintained; only 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.

This XML-based metadata structure can be created using a text editor, Pentaho Cube Designer, or the Schema Workbench. I have found the Schema Workbench to be the best tool for this task; however, there are some additional steps necessary to create the Pentaho Analysis View. This process will be made easier in future releases.

Additional information is available at the following locations:

Pentaho Analysis Services Mondrian Project 

Pentaho Analysis Product Offering 

Mondrian Schema Workbench Software 
(software to build Pentaho Analysis Schemas)

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