Create a New Action in the Virtual Cube
begin with the creation of a simple Action within our virtual cube, and
then take a look at an alternative means for placing an Action there.
We will briefly review assorted facts about Actions as we proceed; to
obtain an in-depth introduction, see our previous article, Putting
Actions to Work in Regular Cubes.
in Analysis Manager, where we left off after creating our clone virtual
cube in the section above, take the following steps:
1. Right-click the new Virtual Cube w Actions.
2. Click Edit from the context
menu that appears.
The Virtual Cube Editor launches.
3. Right-click the Actions
folder in the tree pane to the left. (I like to close the Dimensions
and Measures folders first, to give myself more space).
Note that two options exist here, versus the single-lined context menu that
appeared in the Cube Editor in the subsequent article. The difference
is that we can import, as well as create, an Action in a virtual
4. Select New Action from the
context menu, as depicted in Illustration 9.
Illustration 9: Select New Action (Circled)
dialog of the Action Wizard appears, as shown in Illustration 10.
Illustration 10: Action
Wizard Welcome Dialog
5. Click Next to continue.
target dialog of the Action Wizard next appears. Here we specify the
positioning point of the Action within the user's view of the cube - the
point in the cube's structure upon which a right-click by the consumer will
present the option to initialize this Action. (Other Actions for
the same target point will also appear on the context menu that appears
with the right-click).
present example, we want to create an Action that allows an information
consumer to access general information about a given Store. To this
end, we make the following settings in the Select target dialog.
level in this cube in the Target Selector box.
in the Dimension box.
in the Levels box
the Members of the selected level radio button, underneath Define the
target as: on the Select Target dialog, is darkened.
target dialog of the Action Wizard, with our settings, should appear
as shown in Illustration 11.
Illustration 11: The
Completed Select Target Dialog
to move to the Select the action type dialog.
in the Type box.