Taking LucidDB for an OLAP Test-Drive


This article shows how to quickly load a simple Mondrian cube into LucidDB and how to view the cube in several OLAP front-ends. If you would like to try the column-oriented DB for your OLAP, this post may help to get up and running.

Getting LucidDB

Get your copy of LucidDB from luciddb.org and set it up . . . → Read More: Taking LucidDB for an OLAP Test-Drive

Creating a basic Mondrian OLAP Cube

simple mondrian

This post is a hands on tutorial on how to create an analysis cube for the Mondrian OLAP engine. It is an introductory post for an audience with no OLAP experience at all. I will assume some experience with relational databases and the Kettle ETL tool. If you’d like to follow the examples you will need access to a database, a copy of Pentaho Kettle and a Mondrian installation. I will be using MySQL as RDBMS and JasperServer 3.7. CE for the Mondrian installation. Other possibilities include Pentaho BI-Server and a bare bones Mondrian/JPivot and PAT installation.

The example data

For the example data I would like to use a small and simple dataset, so it is easy to share and easy to understand. Therefore I decided to use an Excel extract from the public issue tracker for the Kettle tool. It has one thousand lines of issues, bugs and feature requests that I would like to put into an OLAP cube for analysis. Each row contains the issue type, a summary, the assignee, a priority,  a status and a resolution. I took the liberty to replace the real names of the assignees with figures from Sesame Street in the input data. And no, I will not reveal who is who :-) . . . → Read More: Creating a basic Mondrian OLAP Cube