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  • Oracle Discoverer AdministratorAdministration Guide

    10g (9.0.4)

    Part No. B10270-01

    August 2003

  • Oracle Discoverer Administrator Administration Guide, 10g (9.0.4)

    Part No. B10270-01

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    Contents

    Send Us Your Comments ................................................................................................................ xxv

    Preface....................................................................................................................................................... xxvii

    Oracle Discoverer Navigation and Accessibility ......................................................................... xxviiKeyboard Navigation................................................................................................................ xxviiDocumentation Accessibility ................................................................................................... xxvii

    Intended Audience ........................................................................................................................... xxviiiStructure............................................................................................................................................. xxviiiRelated Documents............................................................................................................................ xxixConventions......................................................................................................................................... xxx

    Part I Conceptual and task information

    1 Introducing Oracle Discoverer Administrator

    Introducing Oracle Discoverer Administrator.............................................................................. 1-1What is Oracle Discoverer? ............................................................................................................... 1-1What is Oracle Discoverer Administrator? .................................................................................... 1-2What is your role as a Discoverer manager?.................................................................................. 1-3Basic concepts for Discoverer managers ........................................................................................ 1-3

    What is business intelligence? .................................................................................................... 1-3What are relational databases, OLTP systems, and data warehouses? ................................ 1-3What are the fundamental concepts behind a Discoverer system?....................................... 1-4

    Introducing the End User Layer......................................................................................... 1-4Introducing business areas .................................................................................................. 1-5

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    Introducing folders and items ............................................................................................. 1-5Introducing workbooks and worksheets ........................................................................... 1-6Introducing hierarchies and drills....................................................................................... 1-6Introducing summary folders.............................................................................................. 1-7

    How does Discoverer work? ....................................................................................................... 1-7What are the steps to a successful Discoverer implementation? ............................................... 1-7What is involved in maintaining a Discoverer system? ............................................................ 1-11What are the new features in Discoverer Administrator Version 9.0.4?................................. 1-12

    2 Getting started with Discoverer Administrator

    Getting started with Discoverer Administrator ............................................................................ 2-1What are the prerequisites for using Oracle Discoverer? ........................................................... 2-1

    What are the system prerequisites? ........................................................................................... 2-1What are the data access prerequisites? .................................................................................... 2-2

    How to start Discoverer Administrator .......................................................................................... 2-3What is the Workarea?........................................................................................................................ 2-4

    About the tabs in the Workarea window .................................................................................. 2-5About the context sensitive menus in the Workarea window............................................... 2-9About the Administration Tasklist............................................................................................. 2-9

    About Discoverer Administrator documentation and online help......................................... 2-10

    3 Creating and maintaining End User Layers

    Creating and maintaining End User Layers................................................................................... 3-1What is an End User Layer? .............................................................................................................. 3-2

    Why is the End User Layer useful? ............................................................................................ 3-2What are End User Layer owners? ................................................................................................... 3-3What privileges do you need to create an End User Layer in an Oracle database? ............... 3-4What privileges do you need to create an End User Layer in a non-Oracle database? ......... 3-5What privileges do you need to maintain an End User Layer? .................................................. 3-6What is the EUL Gateway? ................................................................................................................ 3-6How to create an End User Layer for an existing database user ................................................ 3-6How to create an End User Layer in a new database user........................................................... 3-8How to delete an End User Layer .................................................................................................... 3-9How to view or change the default End User Layer................................................................... 3-10About copying EULs and EUL objects by exporting and importing ...................................... 3-11

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    Which export/import method to use .......................

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