SQL Analysis Services 2005.
The basic unit of storage and analysis in Analysis Services is the cube. A cube is a collection of data that’s been aggregated to allow queries to return data quickly.
Each cube has one or more dimensions, each based on one or more dimension tables. A dimension represents a category for analyzing business data
A fact table contains the basic information that you wish to summarize. This might be order detail information, payroll records, or anything else that’s amenable to summing and averaging.
A schema is a collection of database objects, including tables, views, indexes, and synonyms.
This methodology relies on manipulating the data stored in the relational database
Users engaged on a particular task generally do not have to see the complete model. To avoid overwhelming users with the sheer size of the model, we need the ability to define a view that shows a subset of the model