Database Outlines

Understanding the database outline is the key to understanding Essbase. To define a multidimensional database, you design its database outline. The database outline contains the database organization (structure), the database members, and the database rules, as shown in Figure 3, Essbase Database Outline:

Figure 3. Essbase Database Outline

Analytic Services Database Outline

The application designer or Essbase system administrator usually creates the database outline. For more information on creating the database outline, see the Oracle Essbase Database Administrator's Guide.

The components of the database outline are as follows:

Refer to these topics for descriptions of the outline components.