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Minimalist Design for the Criteria Tab


The picture above is an example of minimalist design. It features an uncluttered and simplistic visual scheme that is almost relaxing to the eye and mind. Optional or unnecessary elements are removed. It focuses on only the bare essential elements – the essence of the building or room’s function. Notice there isn’t even a towel rack.

It’s not really for me – it reminds me too much of a concrete future dystopia that I’ve seen too many times in sci-fi movies. It also doesn’t look comfortable at all. But hey that’s just me; I could be wrong.

However when it comes to OBI report design, minimalist is the only way to go when it comes to the Criteria Tab. Whereas architecture and design are subjective, when it comes to keeping the criteria tab minimalist there is a strong, demonstrable benefit to this philosophy. It’s so important that this is the very first thing I look for when I am called in for a performance healthcheck review.

This post will take a quick look into why. Read the rest of this entry

Making Dims & Facts Work Together

This is a very common RPD modeling question on IT Toolbox – it comes up every week it seems.  The problem is stated something like this:

I have 2 fact tables and 3 dimension tables.  One of the dimension tables doesn’t work with Fact #2 while the other 2 dimension tables work with both facts.  When I make a report with all 3 dimensions and both facts, Fact #2 is incorrect or missing. Read the rest of this entry

What Not to do on a BI Project Series – #1 UI Replacement Projects

With so much effort put on what you should be doping on a BI project, I thought I’d take the opposing tact and talk about some of the things you should really try to avoid doing.  So I’m going to be putting together a series of posts on this topic, taken from presentations I’ve delivered such as “The 7 Deadly Sins of BI”.  These will be some of the more common ones that I’ve experienced over the years implementing OBI projects – ones that I run across all too often.  As such it is far from an exhaustive list – I’m sure in the comments section you can add a few of your own!  Plus, some of the topics you may disagree with, so let me have it. Read the rest of this entry