Why I created a blog

Its been many years since I first created this blog. It has remained true to Essbase and related information over those years. Hopefully it has answered questions and given you insight over those years. I will continue to provide my observations and comments on the ever changing world of EPM. Don't be surprised if the scope of the blog changes and brings in other Hyperion topics.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Smart View Member Misnomer

Believe it or not, I  will actually be updating my blog more frequently in the future. I’ve gotten 3 articles each half written and will be finishing them soon (I hope)! Two of them are on Formatted columns and an undocumented change to Smart view behavior. look for them soon.

But in the meantime, just to prove I’m not dead, Here is  a little tidbit that I have been asked too many times.  In Smart View connecting to Essbase, you have the options for member display of “Member Name Only” and “Member Name and Alias”  (For now I’m going to ignore qualified member names)

This confuses people as when they select Member Name Only, they see the Alias. What this setting really means is “Member Name OR Alias depending what is selected in Alias”. If you select None, you get the member name if you select an Alias table you get an Alias. Simple isn’t it.

During the beta long ago, I tried to get them to change the wording, but Oracle could not come up with anything meaningful that fit into the selection box so we are stuck with what it is.