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 of the hierarchy 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 if you are using Oracle Hyperion EPM Architect, or the if you are using Financial Management Classic application administration.