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A while back I wrote a post about how to combine measures from different facts in an OBIEE analysis. If you missed that then you can find it here. One of the key issues I highlighted was that generally it is only possible to join up facts where the dimensions you are using are common across both facts. I.e.

Fact Diagram

There is however a technique that can be used to achieve this. Let's assume we want to report on the number of sickness absence days by department in a BI Apps model. A simplified view of these two facts and the mandatory dimensions would be

Absence Workforce Diagram

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There have been quite a few posts on the Oracle OTN Forums E-Business Suite space recently with people asking some kind of variation of the following question.

How can I disable specific descriptive flexfield segments for specific users?

As per My Oracle Support Document 372034.1, this functionality is not supported by forms personalization and there is an enhancement request in place to achieve this, however at time of writing this is not supported. So instead I am going to present a method of achieving this using functional setup within the application - Flex Value Security. As this approach uses value set security then it of course follows that the method only works for those flexfields segments having a value set defined against them (of a type that security can be enabled)! That might seem a bit of a restriction at first, and whilst I suppose it is, I would say in general that most descriptive flexfield segments I see across different sites either independent sets assigned to them (or if they haven't then they should have!).

The descriptive flexfield I will be using for demonstration purposes is configured as follows.

Flexfield Configuration

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Oracle have recently released Data Visualization Desktop (http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/oracle-data-visualization/downloads/oracle-data-visualization-desktop-2938957.html) which “gives decision-makers their own personal desktop application to access, explore, blend, and share data visualizations”.  If you already know Oracle Data Visualization in the cloud ( aka DVCS ) then this is pretty much a desktop version of that but can feed data from your BI analytics, easy access to data in on-premise databases, etc. 

So, if your organisation is not ready for the cloud or you have data that can’t reside in the cloud or perhaps you just want a private tool to perform analysis from data held in an on-premise E-Business system, then DV Desktop is the tool for you.

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Let me show you how easy it is to install

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We've been working with a number of customers who want to see context specific charts/graphs displayed when the mouse rolls over values in a table, rather than having to drill.  In order to show an example of this rather slick approach we have created a 30 second video as a demonstration    

Please have look here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZHzcMmLkLw

 

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I wanted to write this as an introduction to combining data from multiple facts/subject areas into a single analytic. The post is aimed primarily at end-users as there are developer techniques we can use to circumvent some of the restrictions described below.
Let us first refresh ourselves with a subject area actually is. In its most basic form it is simply a fact with associated dimensions. Consider the following simplified example for a financial fact.

Financial Star Schema

So we can easily report on financial transactions by any of the four dimensions listed.
Now let's suppose we have a completely separate subject area based on some HR Salary information.

Human Resources Star Schema

Again, we can use that star in isolation however we wish. However... what if our user decides that they would like to report on the monthly spend alongside the monthly salary cost?
Without considering any dimensions this works fine - we can simply include the measure from each fact. The difficulty comes when we want to include dimensions - the key rule being this... 
You can only report on measures from multiple facts where all dimensions that are used in the analytic are shared.
So let's look at those two facts together.

Combined Star Schema

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