Art of BI: OBI 11g Hierarchy Drill-to and Drill-from Levels – Future Release – Doh!

By | In 11g, Art of BI, Big Data, Business Intelligence | December 25th, 2010

So, one of the questions I constantly get when teaching, talking, or raving about the integration between Hyperion Essbase and Oracle BI (specifically 11g), aside from the native hierarchy drill-down capability, of course, is can a user drill down to level 0 or drill all the way back up from whence they drilled-down?  They then proceed to talk about how other native Hyperion tools such as Brio, Production Reporting, and the Essbase Excel add-in can clearly achieve this operation with ease.  An example of this would be “expand all levels” or “drill to level 0”.  I of course, must tell them that right now OBI 11g does not have that as a specific feature but it is slated as a future release.  Ideally, I would like to believe that Oracle has this slated for the very next release, though I have not heard anything about that around the campfire.

Why do I believe this functionality will be in the next release?  I’m glad you asked.  If you open the AdminTool for OBI 11g and right click on a subject area (Presentation Layer) you will see a new option called “Generate Drill Graph”.


Unfortunately clicking on this option gives you a rather vague prompt message that doesn’t tell you much of anything.


But if you search in the RPD help menu for this menu option you will see the following text:

“The Drill To Levels and Drill From Levels tabs are reserved for a future release and are not currently used. An additional option called Generate Drill Graph, available as a right-click option for any Presentation layer object, is also reserved for a future release.”

If you right-click > properties on any hierarchy column in the presentation layer you will see that there are two tabs related to drilling: drill-to and drill-from.  The drill-to column is where I suspect this capability will eventually reside.  Right now it seems more like a place holder.  The drill-from simply lists out the level drilling capabilities that are defined in the Business Model dimension levels.

Based on the statement from the Oracle RPD help menu, I hope that this logic does come to exist as it is asked for by a lot of folks.  On top of that I would like to really see that dynamic Web 2.0 functionality in the tool so that it is hands-down the winner of all BI Analytical and Ad-hoc analysis tools on the market.  Cheers to that.

Oracle BI folks correct me if I am wrong.  Or, leave a comment letting us know which release this will be revealed in.


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Christian Screen
Christian is an innovator in analytics and data warehousing design, best practices, and delivery. With more than fifteenyears of decision support and data warehousing with key experiences at Office Depot HQ, Sierra-Cedar, and Capgemini, he oversees the Oracle Analytics Practice which includes the technical development and delivery of Oracle BI collaboration software, data warehouse solutions, Oracle BI/EPM projects, and packaged analytics solutions at Datavail.

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