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Base SAS ® Methods for Building Dimensional Data Models



As the volume of data available from operational systems continues to grow, dimensional models are becoming an increasingly important analytic tool for enterprise reporting and analysis. Although there are a number of software packages specifically designed for transforming data from operational systems into dimensional models, many smaller organizations find themselves unable to make the significant investment in new technology and personnel necessary to utilize these tools. Many of these same organizations, however, use Base SAS as an analytic tool. Especially for these organizations (but also for larger organizations with more sophisticated business intelligence systems), the current work provides an example of using PROC SQL, SAS/ACCESS®, and SAS hash objects to extract, transform, and load data from an operational system into a dimensional data model

Year: 2013
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