SQL Server Performance

Product Dimensions

Discussion in 'Analysis Services/Data Warehousing' started by sampeascod, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. sampeascod New Member

    I have several items and the business views these items according to a number of attributes linked to the item:
    - Product category
    - Product source (manufactured, purchased, transferred)
    - Brand
    - Flavour
    - Packing Group

    The Packing Group is a combination of attributes which defines the size of a pack (bottle size, cap type, things like that). There is never a set hierarchy as to how these are viewed. I've thought about modelling items as:
    1. Create a star-schema dimension which has Product category then Product, and have a bunch of attributes hanging off Product
    2. Create virtual dimensions based on these attributes

    However, this seems problematic to me as the Packing Group has its own attributes. I then consider I might need a "physical" star-schema dimension for each of the above classifications. Is this the right way to go? Can any body suggest a better way or point me to some examples?
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