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Foundations of SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence, Second Edition by Guy Fouché, Lynn Langit

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Using Perspectives and Translations

Perspectives and translations are two features that are supported only in the Enterprise Edition of SSAS. They allow you to create custom views of a cube. Perspectives allow you to create view-like subsets, and translations allow you to associate alternate metadata labels for cube, dimension, and other object names (such as KPIs).

Perspectives

A perspective is a named MDX query that appears to the end user as if it were a separate cube. Much like a view in a relational database, perspectives are simply subsets of a the features of a cube. When deciding whether to use perspectives, consider the following:

  • Perspectives are only supported in the Enterprise and Developer Editions of SSAS.
  • If you chose to use perspectives, ...

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