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SAS OLAP Cube Studio 9.3: New screen layouts

Submitted by on 2012-11-02 – 7:40 AM 6 Comments

I installed the updated SAS Business Intelligence package (version 9.3), but mostly I have been playing with the stored process interface where there were some major changes (more about that in future posts).  This morning I opened SAS OLAP Cube Studio to create a sample cube and the screen layouts have changed. I like the new layouts and think it is more intuitive than before. In the upcoming Building Business Intelligence with SAS book, OLAP cube theory, creation and maintenance are discussed in a more detail. [Sign up to have SAS Press send you an email when it’s ready!] 

For this post, I just wanted to walk your through the SAS OLAP Cube Wizard 9.3 screens so you can see how the process has changed. If you have never seen this product, then you can see how easy it is to create a cube. Many developers use the wizard for the initial cube setup and then export the cube code to SAS Enterprise Guide where they can update and control the PROC OLAP code more.

Note: Click on any picture for a closer look at it.

Wizard – Step 1 Start the Cube Building or Editing Process

Nothing major changed on this screen just wanted to provide a little context for where I am in the process. 
I’m using the SAS OLAP Wizard to help me build a cube from the sample CANDY data set.

sas bi olap cube studio step 1

Wizard – Step 2 Select the Data Sources

 This use to be 2 different screens.  Now you can set the Base and Drill-through tables from the same screen.
Makes it a little easier to understand and I appreciate that it is more compact.

sas bi olap cube studio step 2

 Wizard – Step 3 Build the Dimensions

There were not any major layout changes in this area.  This screen is just for context.

sas bi olap cube studio step 2a




Wizard – Step 4 Select the Measures

This was two different screen before.  Again, this layout gives you more control on a single screen. You can select the measure and change the measure names.

sas bi olap cube studio step 3


If you need to make some changes to the label name, just click the button to increase the screen size.

 sas bi olap cube studio step 3a


Wizard – Step 5 Taaa-Dah! Build Your Cube

And we’re done!  The pop-up asking what you want to do is an improvement. It’s more clear what you need to do as the next step.

sas bi olap cube studio step 4


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Tricia Aanderud

Director of Data Visualization at Zencos Consulting
Tricia Aanderud is a SAS Business Intelligence and Visual Analytics consultant based in Raleigh, NC who works for Zencos Consulting. She has written several books about SAS, presented papers at many SAS conferences, and has been using SAS since 2001. Contact her for assistance with your next project.
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  • Debojyoti Sinha says:

    Thanks for your reply tricia.
    Could you please help me out with the approximate cost of SAS BI software?
    Is it not freely accessible from the net for learners?

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  • Debojyoti Sinha says:

    Hi Tricia,
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  • Tricia says:

    Oh .. good question.

    Let me find out. I may not have access to the tools that I need. More on this later.

  • Harsh Gajjar says:

    Really helpful when explaing the clients the difference between SAS OLAP Cube studio 9.2 and 9.3. Really helpful..

    One Personal request . I’m really eager to know how once can use GIS Maps in this OLAP cube studio