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Developing Essbase Applications

Advanced Techniques for Finance and IT Professionals

Edited by Cameron Lackpour

Auerbach Publications – 2012 – 445 pages

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    June 12th 2012


If you love Essbase and hate seeing it misused, then this is the book for you. Written by 12 Essbase professionals that are either acknowledged Essbase gurus or certified Oracle ACEs, Developing Essbase Applications: Advanced Techniques for Finance and IT Professionals provides an unparalleled investigation and explanation of Essbase theory and best practices.

Detailing the hows and the whys of successful Essbase implementation, the book arms you with simple yet powerful tools to meet your immediate needs, as well as the theoretical knowledge to proceed to the next level with Essbase. Infrastructure, data sourcing and transformation, database design, calculations, automation, APIs, reporting, and project implementation are covered by subject matter experts who work with the tools and techniques on a daily basis. In addition to practical cases that illustrate valuable lessons learned, the book offers:

  • Undocumented Secrets—Dan Pressman describes the previously unpublished and undocumented inner workings of the ASO Essbase engine.
  • Authoritative Experts—If you have questions that no one else can solve, these 12 Essbase professionals are the ones who can answer them.
  • Unpublished—Includes the only third-party guide to infrastructure. Infrastructure is easy to get wrong and can doom any Essbase project.
  • Comprehensive—Let there never again be a question on how to create blocks or design BSO databases for performance—Dave Farnsworth provides the answers within.
  • Innovative—Cameron Lackpour and Joe Aultman bring new and exciting solutions to persistent Essbase problems.

With a list of contributors as impressive as the program of presenters at a leading Essbase conference, this book offers unprecedented access to the insights and experiences of those at the forefront of the field. The previously unpublished material presented in these pages will give you the practical knowledge needed to use this powerful and intuitive tool to build highly useful analytical models, reporting systems, and forecasting applications.


Building the Foundation: Essbase Infrastructure; John Booth


Infrastructure Skill Sets

Foundational Hardware and Software Tips and Tricks

Essbase Architecture and Sizing

An Apple a Day

When It All Goes Wrong

Additional Deployment Considerations


Slay Bad Data in Essbase; Cameron Lackpour


Bad Data Kills Essbase Databases

Quality Data Equals a Quality Essbase Database

Four Steps to Data Quality and Success


Appendix: The Code

Finding the Dirt – Tricks for Rapid Prototyping with Essbase Studio; Mike Nader


Understanding This Chapter

Mapping the Data Sources

Modeling the Data Source

Building Hierarchies and Custom Nodes

Modeling and Developing the Cube

Additional Thoughts

Seeping Away the Dirt

BSO Will Never Die and Here Is Why; Dave Farnsworth

Who Should Read This Chapter


Why BSO, Indeed

What is "Good Performance"

Getting the Most from Multiple Processors

Cache Is King; Know the Basics

Check Your Work

BSO Matters and Then Some

BSO Is Dead. Long Live ASO! (Converting BSO to ASO); Angela Wilcox

Why Would I Convert to Using ASO Cubes?

When Should I Not Try to Use ASO Cubes?

What Is the Easiest Way to Convert a BSO Cube to an ASO Cube?

What about Reporting Cubes?

What Great Things Can I Only Do with ASO Cubes?

So What Great Things Can I Do with Both ASO and BSO cubes?

Practical MDX for Essbase Developers; Gary Crisci




MDX Basics



Query Structure

Advanced MDX

Time Functionality

Tips and Tricks


How ASO Works and How to Design for Performance; Dan Pressman


Summary: Rules of ASO Designing for Performance

ASO Queries: How They Work

The Bitmap: Its Role and Function

Understanding Aggregations and Slices

Design Alternatives and Their Costs

Tips to Improve Data Loading and Aggregation Performance

A Final Word about Rule R1, ASO Cache, and Memory


Afterward and Caveat to the Reader

Deep Inside the Essbase Java API; Tim Tow


Essbase Java API Object Model

Essbase Connections

Retrieving Data from Essbase

Sending Data to Essbase

Calculating Essbase Databases

Member Information

Getting Member Information Using Member Queries


System Automation the Groovy Way; Joe Aultman

The Importance of Being Automated

The Automation Landscape

How to Make an Outline Extractor in Seven Easy Steps

Groovy Things about Groovy: A Deeper Look at the Language

What’s Cookin’? Groovy Recipes for the Busy Developer

Wrapping It Up

Advanced Smart View; Robb Salzman


A Word or Two about the Classic Add-In

Tune Your Reports, Create Efficient Smart View Spreadsheets

Excel Automation


How to Successfully Manage an Essbase System; Natalie Delemar and David Anderson

Who Are You?


Setting the Stage for an Essbase Project

Go It Alone? Or Not?

Managing Your Partner

Managing Expectations

Managing the Project

Post Go-Live Tasks and Considerations

It Is All about You

Author Bio

Cameron Lackpour (Chapter 2 and editor) is president and chief bottle washer of CL Solve, an Oracle EPM consulting company. He first worked with OLAP technology in the dinosaur days of mainframe multidimensional databases and saw the Essbase light in 1993. He has been in the consulting business since 1996, creating solutions for customers using Essbase, Planning, and anything else that ties to those two products.

An Oracle ACE since 2011, Lackpour is active on OTN’s and Network54’s Essbase message boards, the ODTUG Hyperion Special Interest Group, the ODTUG Board of Directors, and his Essbase Hackers blog.

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