In Essbase, there are two types of dimensions, the first and most common dimension type is the Standard dimension. The other less common dimension type is called an Attribute dimension. Both are explained here.
Standard dimensions are derived from the main business data components (or data categories we described earlier) and are then defined in a database cube. Some of the Standard dimensions in our example database are:
TOTAL VEHICLES, MEASURES, CALENDER PERIODS, TOTAL MODEL YEARS, CUSTOMERS, MARKET, and
SCENARIO. These dimensions can be tagged as Accounts, Time, and Country types. Some dimensions are not associated with any type of special dimension types and are considered general dimensions.