Adding Dimension Intelligence to a Dimension

Add the dimension intelligence enhancement to a cube or a dimension to specify a standard business type for a dimension. This enhancement also specifies the corresponding types for dimension attributes. Client applications can use these type specifications when analyzing data.

To add dimension intelligence, you use the Business Intelligence Wizard, and select the Define dimension intelligence option on the Choose Enhancement page. This wizard then guides you through the steps of selecting a dimension to which you want to apply dimension intelligence and identifying the attributes for the selected dimension.

On the first Set Dimension Intelligence Options page of the wizard, you specify the dimension to which you want to apply dimension intelligence. The dimension intelligence enhancement added to this selected dimension will result in changes to the dimension. These changes will be inherited by all cubes that include the selected dimension.


If you select Account as the dimension, you will be specifying account intelligence for the dimension. For more information, see Adding Account Intelligence to a Dimension.

On the Define Dimension Intelligence page, in Dimension Type list, the selection that you make sets the dimension's Type property. The Type property setting provides information to servers and client applications about the contents of a dimension. Some settings only provide guidance for client applications; these settings are optional. Other settings, such as Accounts or Time, determine specific behaviors and may be required to implement particular business intelligence enhancements. For example, the SQL Server Management Studio uses the dimension type to identify a Currency dimension and set the appropriate currency conversion rules. The default setting for the Dimension Type is Regular, which makes no assumptions about the contents of the dimension.

After selecting the dimension type, in Dimension attributes, in the Include column, select the check box next to each standard attribute type for which there is a corresponding attribute in the dimension. Finally, in the Dimension Attribute column, expand the drop-down list, and select the attribute in the dimension that corresponds to the selected attribute type. Selecting the attribute from the list sets the attribute Type property for the attributes.

For example, you want to add dimension intelligence to an Accounts dimension. In Dimension Type, you select Accounts. Then, if the dimension has Account Type and Account Description attributes, in the Include column, you select the check boxes for the Account Name and Account Type account types. In the Dimension Attribute column, you then associate these account types with the Account Description and Account Type attributes, respectively, in the dimension.

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