In this article, we examined an approach to meeting a relatively common requirement: to present a crosstab display with both axes of the display containing the same dimension. After discussing the general considerations, we presented an illustrative, hypothetical business need for a crosstab display whose axes contain the same dimension. We then prepared for our hands-on practice with meeting that need by creating a copy of the Warehouse sample cube, and then prepared the clone cube further by processing.
We began our structural alterations to the cube by adding a member property, which we then used to support a virtual dimension, upon which the ultimate approach to supporting the presentation requirement rested. Next, we added a calculated member to present a percent contribution to total value, an additional requirement of the information consumers. Finally, we examined the results of our handiwork from the perspective of the Cube Browser, within Analysis Manager, and from a "reporting context," which we undertook from the MDX Sample Application.
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