PowerOLAP® RIBBON


The PowerOLAP Ribbon is located directly below the Title Bar. It provides quick access to commonly used PowerOLAP functions and tasks. It consists of Five tabs: Home, Model, Slice, Data and Tools.

The Ribbon interface displays different PowerOLAP commands in logical groupings by Tabs and per control group. The Ribbon commands will be grayed out if the corresponding feature is either not applicable to the current database or active window, or if the corresponding component tool is not supported by your license. By hovering your mouse pointer over the command buttons, you will be provided with descriptions of the corresponding command function.  The Ribbon can be shown or hidden simply by clicking on the Hide/Show Ribbon button, located at the upper right hand pane of the PowerOLAP interface.

Note that the four save buttons—Save Database and Save Database As (under File Command) and Save Slice and Save Slice As (under Slice tab)—have subtle functional differences for user convenience.

HOME Tab

Home Tab

Command

Icon

Description

CLIPBOARD

Paste

Used to insert clipboard contents.

Cut

Cuts the selection and puts it on the clipboard.

Copy

Copies the selection and puts it on the clipboard.

EDIT

Options

Opens up the Options dialog which permits users to configure or set general options for the PowerOLAP application and contains the licensing info of the particular installation.

Rename Database

Enables renaming or changing the name of the active database. Take note that this will only change the logical name, the physical database name or File name will remain the same.

Protection

This feature allows users to put a password protection simultaneously to all PowerOLAP cubes within the active or currently opened PowerOLAP database. Tick the Protected checkbox, then specify the password in the appearing Cube Password dialog.

WINDOW

Cascade

Arranges windows/slices in such a way that they overlap each other.

Tile

Arranges windows/slices as non-overlapping tiles.

Arrange Icons

Arranges icons at the bottom of a window

VIEW

Status Bar

Check Box

This option hides/shows the status bar. Tick the checkbox to show status bar.

Page Members

Check Box

This option hides/shows the Page members. Tick the checkbox to show Page members.

Traditional Slice

Check Box

This option displays the slice using the original slice display format.

PORTAL

Portal

Automatically opens the Default Folder or directory that houses the PowerOLAP related files which have been defined in the PowerOLAP Portal

HELP

Onlne Help

Automatically opens the PowerOLAP Online Help in a web browser.

Genius Center

This button opens up the Genius Center screen. The Genius center gives you the latest updates about PARIS Technologies International, Inc. such as recent news, product updates and information, upcoming training sessions clients can sign up for etc.

 

 

MODEL Tab

Model Tab

Command

Icon

Description

MODEL

Dimension

Opens up the Dimensions dialog.
Enables users to create, modify and delete Dimensions in a currently opened database.
This also allows users to define other attributes (such as Aliases, Hierarchy, Properties, etc...) , security and  subsets for a particular Dimension.

Cube

Opens up the Cubes dialog.

Enables users to create modify and delete Cubes in a currently opened database.
This also allows users to define cube attributes, formulas (cube formulas, Dependencies and Persistent Calculations), cube fact and meta security and other cube optimization features.

Formulas

Enables the user to easily access the formulas and instantly launch the Formula Editor of a specific Cube.

Check Syntax

Use to check if a formula is valid or not.

SECURITY

Users and Groups

A secured database feature that allows for maintenance of users and user groups as well as their corresponding types of access.

This feature will only become active when working on secured databases.

Database Privileges

Enables users to create security for their PowerOLAP databases.

Change Password

A secured database feature that allows users to change or reset their password.

This feature will only become active when working on secured databases.

 

 

SLICE Tab

Slice Tab

Command

Icon

Description

SLICE

New Slice

Allows for creation of new slices out of existing cubes.

Open Slice

Enables users to view and access all slices that were created for each Cube.

Close Slice

Closes the active slice.

Save Slice

Saves modifications made to saved slices.

Save Slice As

Saves a newly created slice or allows users to save a copy of the active slice with a different name.

Manage Slices

Opens up the Slices dialog.

Enables users to create delete and rename Saved Slices in a currently opened database.
This also allows users to define meta security and apply or modify slice constraints.

DRDC

This feature allows you to generate a new view in SQL Server out of your PowerOLAP slices. By clicking on the DRDC button, this will bring up a dialog which will require you to provide the SQL Server name, valid credentials and a view name.
DRDC is a feature that allows you to access complex in-memory aggregation and calculation value in Microsoft SQL from PowerOLAP or Olation on the fly.

CLIPBOARD

Paste

Used to insert clipboard contents.

Cut

Cuts the selection and puts it on the clipboard.

Copy

Copies the selection and puts it on the clipboard.

EDIT

Clear

Clears the active selection in a slice.

Fill Down

Copies the contents of the topmost data points/cells of a selected range into the succeeding cells/rows that follows below.

Fill Right

Copies the contents of the left-most data points/cells of a selected range into the cells to the right.

OPTIONS

Graph

Allows users to create a graphical representation of their slice data.
Drops down to different graph/chart types which a user can choose from.

Constrain Slice

A slice feature that allows users to limit the data that will be brought into the slice, by defining certain restrictions or limitations, to omit irrelevant or unnecessary data from a slice view.

Users can define specific row or column constraints.

Drill Through

A feature that enables users to view the detail values that comprise a particular cell value.

WORKSHEET

Worksheet

Creates an Excel worksheet out of a PowerOLAP slice.

This drops down to five different slice to Excel worksheet outputs: (1)OLAPTable, (2)OLAPReadWrite, (3)OLAPPivot, (4)OLAPWriteTable and a (5)Values only Worksheet.

 

The first four options are the different Excel connection types that have dynamic connection with the PowerOLAP database and have different manners of data retrieval and updating.

 

The last option merely exports the values of slices into Excel and does not provide dynamic connection with PowerOLAP.

Recalculate

Recalculates or refreshes the values in a slice view.

 

Equivalent to F9.

WINDOW

Cascade

Arranges windows/slices in such a way that they overlap each other.

Tile

Arranges windows/slices as non-overlapping tiles.

Arrange Icons

Arranges icons at the bottom of a window.

 

 

DATA Tab

Data Tab

Command

Icon

Description

IMPORT

Metadata

Feature that allows users to import metadata (such as Dimensions, Cubes, Formulas, etc...) into the current database using a text file.

Factdata

Feature that allows users to import fact data or data values into the current database.

Security

Feature that allows users to import pre-defined database security into the current database.

Database

Enables users to import all elements (Meta/factdata and all defined database securities) of another PowerOLAP database into the current/new database.

EXPORT

Metadata

Exports and generates an export file (text file) of the Meta Data of the current database.

The exported metadata depends on what has been defined during the export metadata process.

Factdata

Opens up the Export Cube Tasks dialog.

Exports and generates an export file (text file) of the Fact Data of the current database.

Security

Exports database security that has been defined for the current database and generates a .SEC file.

Database

Exports all information/component of the current database (meta data, factdata and all database security) and generates corresponding export files for them.

Slice

Exports the active slice data to text file.

Drops down to two export slice options: (1)PowerOLAP and (2)Text.

DATA TRANSFER

Transfer Cube

A PowerOLAP cube task that enables users to transfer data from one cube to another.

Clear Cube

A PowerOLAP cube task that enables users to "clear" or erase the data of a specific cube.

Internet Data Services

A PowerOLAP cube task that enables users to create local cube from a remote cube that is running on an IDS enabled PowerOLAP Server, pull fact data of a remote cube down to a local cube or push fact data of local cube up to a remote cube.

PERSISTENT CALCULATIONS

Generate

A Persistent Calculations feature which repopulates the values of a particular cube per the persistent calculation formula.

Commit

A Persistent Calculations feature that tells PowerOLAP to store values generated by a persistent calculation permanently in the cube.

OLAPEXCHANGE

Create Cube

An OLAP Exchange feature that enables creation of cube from the relational tables.

Process Cube

An OLAP Exchange feature that performs a 'Rebuild' of an OLAP Exchange cube, in other words it refreshes or updates the data of an OLAP Exchange cube with the most current fact data coming from the source relational tables.

Modify Dimension

An OLAP Exchange feature that enables users to modify the composition of a  Dimension that was created through an OLAP Exchange process even after an OLAP Exchange cube was already built.

Cube Properties

Displays a summary of the properties and data source information of an OLAP Exchange cube as well as it's corresponding dimensions.

 

 

TOOLS Tab

Tools Tab

Command

Icon

Description

SYNCHRONIZATION SERVER

Configure

A Synchronization Server feature that allows users to configure or create a new Synchronization Server connection.

Synchronize

A Synchronization Server feature that "synchronizes" or updates both local and remote database of the meta and fact data changes.

 

In other words this will both push the changes made in a local database up to the main synchronization server database, and pull all updates from the main synchronization server down to the local database. This is specifically applicable when Sync Server is configured to synchronize "On Demand".

Remove Expired Locks and Logins

A Synchronization Server feature that removes any expired locks or login user records.

MY ANALYSIS

Begin My Analysis

A Synchronization Server feature that allows users to perform "Ad hoc analysis" or "What If Scenarios" without affecting the users activities or live data on the main synchronization server database or other databases connected to the same synchronization connection.

Commit My Analysis

A Synchronization Server feature that "commits" or saves any modifications done when working on "My Analysis" mode.

Cancel My Analysis

A Synchronization Server feature that "cancels" or revokes any modifications done when working on "My Analysis mode.

 

In other words, this will revert a users database back to its original form before performing any "My Analysis" activities.

POWEROLAP SERVICES

New Linked Cube

A PowerOLAP Services feature that allows users to create new linked cubes to Microsoft Analysis cubes and other OLE DB for OLAP compliant cubes.

 

This enables users to use PowerOLAP as front-end for viewing data of the corresponding databases.

Update Linked Cube

A Synchronization Services feature that updates a PowerOLAP linked cube with the meta and fact data changes that were applied to the "provider" cube.

OLATION CUBE

New Linked Cube

A PowerOLAP feature that allows users to create new linked cubes to Olation cubes.

 

This enables users to use PowerOLAP as front-end for viewing data in Olation cubes.

Update Linked Cube

A Synchronization Services feature that updates a PowerOLAP linked cube with the meta and fact data changes that were applied to the corresponding Olation cube.