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The standard reporting cubes that are delivered with Dynamics AX 2012 are great. A lot of effort has been put into building a lot of information for the users to report from, including pre-built …

The standard reporting cubes that are delivered with Dynamics AX 2012 are great. A lot of effort has been put into building a lot of information for the users to report from, including pre-built hierarchy's for drill downs.

For example, when creating a report showing the product names, the product numbers are built into the hierarchy, and can be shown directly below it. Although sometimes that can get in the way, and make the reports look a little untidy.

In this example we will show how you can extend out the existing data cubes that are delivered with Dynamics AX 2012 to add more reporting information, for you own personal dashboards, and as a result, make your reports look a little neater.

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  • Bruce, browse through my list on GoodReads - http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/2364779-murray-fife?shelf=dynamics-ax - these are the books that I found useful. Murray.
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  • Hi Murray, I'm just getting started with AX 2012 cubes and would like any suggestions on links or books that would be helpful. Thanks!
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  • 1. Dynamics AX | Business IntelligenceTWEAKING THE DYNAMICS AX CUBESTRUCTURES The standard reporting cubes that are delivered with Dynamics AX 2012 are great. A lot of effort has been put into building a lot of information for the users to report from, including pre-built hierarchys for drill downs. For example, when creating a report showing the product names, the product numbers are built into the hierarchy, and can be shown directly below it. Although sometimes that can get in the way, and make the reports look a little untidy. In this example we will show how you can extend out the existing data cubes that are delivered with Dynamics AX 2012 to add more reporting information, for you own personal dashboards, and as a result, make your reports look a little neater. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 2. Access the CubeThe first step is to access the default cube that is deliveredwith AX. To do this open up Business IntelligenceDevelopment Studio (a.k.a. BIDS, a.k.a. Visual Studio), andfrom the file menu choose the Open Analysis ServicesDatabase option. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 3. Access the CubeFind the Dynamics AX cube on the server. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 4. Access the CubeNow you will see all of the cube structures that aredelivered with the product. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 5. Modify theReleased ProductsDimensionIn this example we will add a new field to the ReleasedProducts dimension, for the Product Description (inaddition to the one that is available as a hierarchy.To do this, find the Released Product dimension in theserver explorer panel. When you open this up you will seeall of the dimension fields, the inbuilt hierarchy’s, and alsothe source data. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 6. Modify theReleased ProductsDimensionFrom the Data Source View, find the “PRODUCTNAME”field, and drag it over to the Released Products attributes. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 7. Modify theReleased ProductsDimensionThen give it a more friendlier name. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 8. Save Your ProjectNow just save the project. It will tell you that you need toupdate the cube data and structure. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 9. Save Your ProjectThis one change needs to propagate through all of theseareas in the cube. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 10. Save Your ProjectSo it takes you directly to the Process dialog box, and youjust need to click on the run button to update the datacube. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 11. Save Your ProjectAll done. © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 12. Simple List OfProductsNow when look at my cube for reporting, I have a newfield that I can use for the product description that doesnot have the hierarchy information. Much nicer  © 2013. All rights reserved.
  • 13. AboutMurray Fife