OLAP (advanced)

Pentaho Report Designer

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Follow this procedure to add a Pentaho Analysis (Mondrian) data source in Report Designer.
Note: OLAP (Advanced) data sources differ from standard OLAP data sources only in the method by which you design and enter the MDX query. Standard OLAP data sources allow for Report Designer's built-in Metadata Query Editor, whereas advanced OLAP data sources require you to build a formula to calculate the query, which gives you more power over report parameterization functionality. You can also create a dynamic query through scripts; see Dynamic query scripting for details.
  1. Select the Data tab in the upper right pane.
    By default, Report Designer starts in the Structure tab, which shares a pane with Data.
  2. Click the yellow cylinder icon in the upper left part of the Data pane, or right-click Data Sets.
    A drop-down menu with a list of supported data source types will appear.
  3. Select OLAP from the drop-down menu, then select one of the following:
    • Pentaho Analysis
    • Pentaho Analysis (Denormalized)
    • Pentaho Analysis (Legacy)
    The Mondrian Datasource Editor window will appear.
  4. If you want to provide parameters that contain different Mondrian connection authentication credentials, click the Edit Security button in the upper left corner of the window, then type in the fields or variables that contain the user credentials you want to store as a parameter with this connection.
    The role, username, and password will be available as a security parameter when you are creating your report.
  5. Click Browse, navigate to your Mondrian schema XML file, then click Open.
  6. Above the Connections pane on the left, click the round green + icon to add a new data source.
    If you installed the Pentaho sample data, several SampleData entries will appear in the list. These sample data sources are useless if you do not have the Pentaho HSQLDB sample database installed, so if you don't have that, you can safely delete the SampleData entries. If you do have Pentaho's HSQLDB samples installed, it may be advantageous to leave the sample data sources intact in the event that you want to view the sample reports and charts at a later time.
  7. In the subsequent Database Connection dialog box, type in a concise but reasonably descriptive name for this connection in the Connection Name field; select your database brand from the Connection Type list; select the access type in the Access list at the bottom; then type in your database connection details into the fields in the Settings section on the right.
    The Access list will change according to the connection type you select; the settings section will change depending on which item in the access list you choose.
  8. Click the Test button to ensure that the connection settings are correct.
    • If they are not, the ensuing error message should give you some clues as to which settings need to be changed.
    • If the test dialogue says that the connection to the database is OK, then click the OK button to complete the data source configuration.
Now that your data source is configured, you must enter an MDX query before you can finish adding the data source. This is done by selecting the Master Report in the Structure pane, then clicking the Attributes pane. See the Query attribute reference for more information.