Essbase Statistics DW: How to automatically administrate Essbase using ODI (Part 5: Automating using Java Essbase API)


Hi all! Let us talk now about how we can automate this stat gathering using Java Essbase API. Java is the key technology here since it can easily connect and manipulate Essbase through its API. It also can connect to Oracle Database to store our results, run OS commands and more all in one single code. Java is also great since it may be easily deployed to ODI using Procedures and scheduled using ODI Operator. All in all, combining ODI and Java code creates a powerful and seamlessly integration going beyond the database boundaries.

Let us begin with some Java Essbase API basics. The main goal is to develop one single code that will connect in Essbase, retrieve the statistics information and load that in the Oracle database.

Essbase API is very similar with what we see in EAS, in the sense that the structure of the classes follows the same architecture as in a Essbase server (Server->App->Cube->Otl), which makes it easy to find out what you are looking for when looking at the API documentation.

Since we will store this information in an Oracle table, we will also need to know a little bit about Oracle Java API, but luckily this one is straight forward.

With those two sets of APIs, we are good retrieve all the information that we need from Essbase. Each stat has its own number of columns and metrics, so if we create one table for each kind of structure it will be very tricky to maintain and harder to create any kind of generic code. The best way to extract information is to have just one table where we have the properties in the rows instead of columns, this way we have just one structure for all kind of information, no matter the number of columns that returns and we may create generic code around it. Our final table would look like below.

That is it for this post. Next one I will share some examples on how to connect to Oracle DB, Essbase and how to retrieve some stats out of it. Stay tuned!

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