IT462 Lab 2: Data warehousing and On-Line Analytic Processing (OLAP)


This lab should get you familiar with use of aggregation and visualization techniques to help you make decisions from your data.  


Preliminaries: First, you will need some data to play with.  We have populated a wardroom store with numerous transactions from the 2010-2011 academic year.  Download the wardroomMSSQL.sql file from the course website, and open it in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (File->Open Script). Change the first line of the file to be use mXXXXXX; where XXXXXX is your alpha, and execute the file. Create a file named Yourlastname_Lab2.doc.  You will be adding the answers to some questions and a couple of screen shots to it.  


The following tables should now be part of your database (primary keys are underlined, foreign keys are italic):


Users(UserID, Password, Type, CompanyNumber)

Products(BarCode, PName, Price)

Orders(OrderID, UserID, Year, Month, Day)

OrderDetails(OrderID, BarCode, Quantity)



PART 1: Dimensional Modeling


We would like to have a data warehouse and use OLAP to answer questions like:


Use dimensional modeling to design the structure of the data warehouse. The final result should have a “star schema”.

Write the answers to the following questions in yourlastname_Lab2.doc file.


  1. What is(are) the fact(s)? What is the structure of the fact table?
  2. Which are the dimensions? What is the structure of each dimension table?
  3. Is the fact table in Boyce Codd Normal Form? Justify your answer.
  4. Are the dimension tables in Boyce Codd Normal Form? Justify your answer.


PART 2: Extract-Transform-Load (ETL)


  1. If any of the fact tables or dimension tables you designed in Part1 is not already created, create it in SQL Server.


Add the CREATE TABLE statements to create the tables to yourlastname_Lab2.doc file.


  1. Populate the fact and dimensions tables with data from the original tables. One statement that will be useful for this task in the bulk insert statement (the values to be inserted are the result of a select statement):

INSERT INTO TableName(col1, col2, …)

SELECT col1, col2, … FROM …


            Write the statements to populate the tables into yourlastname_Lab2.doc file


PART 3: Analyze the data

Part 3.1: Create a connection

We will need to connect to this wealth of data using an Open Database Connection (ODBC).  On XP or Windows7, you find this set up under Control Panel->(System and Security) ->Administrative Tools->Data Sources (ODBC). Click on add, and find the SQL Server Native Client  Driver, probably at the bottom of your list.



Name the new USER DSN connection mXXXXXX_wardroom where XXXXXX is your alpha and configure the connection as shown in the screen shots below, using, your database, username and password. Change the default database to be your own database (mXXXXXX instead of master).  Leave all other options at their default values and click “next” until you get a success message.

PART 3.2: Creating a Pivot Table


Open Excel (Start->All Programs->Microsoft Office-> Excel) and save the file as Yourlastname_Lab3.xls.  We are going to create a mechanism to aggregate this dataset and allow you to make some intelligent decisions.  Select Data->Get External Data-From Other Sources ->From Microsoft Query.

Select the datasource that you created, mXXXXXX_wardroom and provide a password to connect if asked.

Then select the columns that you will need for your analysis (see below). In the original tables, the following columns were of interest. You should select the corresponding columns in the tables you designed in Part 1 and 2: Orders->Month, OrderDetails->Quantity, Products->Price, PName and Users-> CompanyNumber.  Don’t bother filtering or sorting the data.



Return the data in Microsoft Office and choose the Pivot Table Report option when asked.



Now you can play with the Pivot Table functionality provided by Excel. To do so, you drag and drop fields listed in the field list into the Filter, Row Labels, Column Labels, and Values areas. The table below shows quantities obtained by pivoting on Month and CompanyNumber.



Experiment with the PivotTable to answer the following questions:


7. What product sold the most items in Company 4?


8. What item brought in the most money in Company 3?


9. Which was your biggest seller (most money) in March overall?


Write all answers to yourlastname_Lab2.doc.

Take a screen shot of the Pivot Table you used to answer Question 9 and add it to yourlastname_Lab2.doc


10. In SQL Server, write the SQL SELECT query to obtain the same data as in pivot table in Question 9.

Write your Select query for to yourlastname_Lab2.doc.


11 (Extra credit). In SQL Server, write the SQL SELECT query to find the PName of the product that was the biggest seller in terms of money in March (should obtain the same answer as for Question 9).  Write your Select query to yourlastname_Lab2.doc.


Turn in:


  1. Upload the file yourlastname_Lab2.doc to blackboard.



  1. The completed assignment coversheet. Your comments will help us improve the course.
  2. Hard copy of yourlastname_Lab2.doc