HOWTO: Dynamic rows or columns with a dimension property filter

To filter rows and columns by a filter selection has previously been discussed here. But one thing you might not have noticed is that the list of property values (aka the filter scope) is static. If a new member property appears the form needs to be modified to include it, even if the “all” button….


HOWTO: Filter rows and columns by selecting from a filter

(Sorry for the gap since my last post, things have been a bit busy lately in Peter Eb. land…) One simple way to do this filtering is to enable suppress blank rows or suppress blank columns. Then when there is no data (non-null) in the cube for those rows/columns they won’t be shown. This is…


HOWTO: Hide filters for dimensions that confuse users

For data entry forms (and even some reports) its pretty important to keep contributors focused on their specific task. Its especially easy for users who are not familiar with OLAP or PPS to be confused by some things: “TimeDataView” and “Business Process” are two dimensions in particular that are just not relevant to expose to…


HOWTO: Make 1 filter control more than 1 matrix

A common request by form authors is to create a “start here” worksheet page where contributors can change some global filters. Then they advance to other worksheets in the workbook to do their actual data entry. Other times authors just want to link multiple matrices so that changing the filter on matrix A also changes…


Why not use the "where clause" for filters instead of "on pages"?

Short answer: In SP1 the PPS Planning add-in will use the where clause and life for MDX experts will be back to normal.* Long answer: Because of the extra properties needed for writeback. The CellSet returned by AdoMd.Net does not return member properties for members specified in the where clause. What additional properties the add-in…


HOWTO: Show numbers as 1,000s in Excel

This time there’s nothing really specific about PPS. It’s more of an Excel post actually…  I’ve seen this a few times. Sometimes the data form authors want to show is big, and they want to show 1 instead of 1000 or 1 instead of 1000000. There are a bunch of complicated games you an play…


HOWTO: Show actuals from the past while forecasting for the future

Also phrased: How can I create an “asymmetric crossjoin” without using custom MDX? MDX experts will probably recognize this issue right away and understand how to build a matrix from scratch for this. But not everybody recognizes that the add-in has specific support for this scenario. It’s called “defining member intersections” and it can be…


"Report" authoring and PPS Planning Business Client

Sorry this isn’t a super technical post, most of this information should be pretty well known by now. Ah the glory of having your own blog: you get to say a lot of junk that everybody already knows but you repeat anyway just to sound important….   Off hand there are 6-ish ways I can…


HOWTO: Validate 2 filter selections match using a member property

A recent post by “abdulmohi” in the PPS Planning forums asked about linking or cascading filters. So that once one filter was selected, another filter would be updated to match the first. In abdulmohi’s case it was obvious what the linkage should be because there was a member property in the first dimension. There is…