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ODI 12c new features: Dimension and Cubes! Part 3 (Settings for Surrogate Keys)

Posted in Cubes, Dimensions, ETL, ODI, ODI 12c with tags , , on November 24, 2016 by radk00

Hi all! First of all, sorry for the delay. We really wished to have published the rest of this series earlier, but we are overwhelmed by projects, which keep us very busy. So let’s not waste time and go directly to what matters. I really recommend you to ready part 1 and part 2 (if you didn’t already) because we will assume some things here that were already done, so we don’t keep repeating ourselves.

Today’s post is how to setup ODI dimension objects to work with Surrogate Keys. In the first post we said that there was a bug in ODI 12c that was preventing us to create dimensions with SKs. We opened an SR with Oracle and it turned out that it was not a bug, but it was some missing configurations that were not enabling us to create the objects in the right way. So, apologies to Oracle 🙂 I hope this post may explain those little specific setups, so other people does not fall on the same mistakes that we did when we tried to create these dimensions.

First let’s begin with the DB script for this example. Our source tables will remain the same as the previous example (SRC_* tables). Our stage tables will be different and we will use the STG*S tables for this example. The final dimension/fact tables will be the S* tables found below.

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Also, please create the following Native Sequences that will be used to create our SK values:

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Let’s talk a little about the SK setup requirements. There are some key points that were not clear in Oracle’s documentation and that’s why we were not able to complete it successfully. After talking to Oracle Support, we got the following key requirements to make SK setup to work:

  • Each level of the dimension must have its own Natural Key and Surrogate Key columns. The SK column MUST be different to the PK of the dimension (this is very important. This was the wrong setup that we were trying to do and it was failing). This allows ODI to manage SCD type 2 changes that occur across a hierarchy (while not applicable to a Time dimension it still needs to be setup that way);
  • The dimension MUST have a Primary key defined on it;
  • Each staging table for each level MUST include all the attributes of any level above it in the hierarchy (MONTH must have all attributes of QUARTER and YEAR). The easiest way to accomplish this is to just create the staging tables to have all the attributes of the dimension. (But you may create only the needed ones. The scripts in this post only contain the necessary attributes);

Let’s get as example S_TIME table. It contains the following columns:

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S_TIME has three levels and for each level we are going to have:

  • One attribute for each member name (YEAR, QUARTER and MONTH);
  • One ID (that will be setup as Natural Keys) for each member level (ID_YEAR, ID_QUARTER and ID_MONTH);
  • One SK for each member level (YEAR_SK, QUARTER_SK and MONTH_SK);
  • And finally the tables PK – TIME_PK;

After you run this ODI component (in our fourth post), you will notice that some information gets replicated on IDs and SKs. It may seem odd for you, but it is actually correct, since those objects are prepared to handle SCD2 type of data, so even if you don’t use it right now, you’ll need to setup them this way on your ODI dimensions (the good thing is that, if you decide later on to use SCD2, then the setup will be already done for you).

Now let’s create the TIME_SURROGATE dimension as below:

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For level Month, do the following setup:

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Quarter:

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Year:

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On Hierarchies tab, do the following setup:

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For the other two dimensions, the process is very similar, so I’ll not add screenshots here. For the Cube setting, it is exactly as we did for the cube in the first post:

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And that’s it, we are ready to load those components using Mappings. Our fourth post will show you the differences when using SK models and the benefits that it may bring to you.

See you soon!

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