Dimensions describe an organization’s data and usually contain groups of related members. Examples of dimensions are Account, Entity, and Period. Financial Management provides eight system-defined dimensions and enables you to populate an unlimited number of custom dimensions that you can apply to accounts.
The elements that comprise a dimension are called members. For example, GrossMargin and TotalRevenues are members of the Account dimension.
Dimension members are arranged in hierarchies. Upper-level members are called parent members, and a member immediately below a parent member is referred to as its child. All members below a parent are referred to as descendants. The bottom-level hierarchy members are called base-level members.
Data is typically entered into base-level members of dimensions and not into parent members. Values for parent-level members are aggregated from the children of the parent-level members. In some cases, data for base-level members is calculated.
The following sections describe the system-defined dimensions. For information on setting dimension attributes, see the Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management Architect Administrator's Guide if you are using Performance Management Architect, or Managing Metadata if you are using Financial Management Classic application administration.