OBIEE Logical Table vs Logical Table Sources – Best Practice

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The difference between Logical Tables, Logical Table Sources (LTS) and the physical tables that compose a Logical Table Source, here are some basic guidelines that have helped me get this concept to seat more clearly in my mind.

businesmodellayer-logical-table LT LTS

BMM Layer - Logical Table and LTS

Logical Tables like organization in the picture on the left are used to create drill down paths or dimensions like Dim_Organizaition.

Usually when you drag and drop a column from a table that is not currently being used in your logical table, the physical table containing such column gets added as a new Logical Table Source (LTS) such as UofA on the image on your left. This most usually is not the result you should be aiming for, in general, when a the column you are adding to a Logical Table comes from the same system of record you have been using you should just rename the LTS to reflect the name of the system of record in the same fashion we renamed ours to UofA and then go edit the sources for this LTS.

The confusion often stems from having what I would call “Logical Table Source” Sources (LTSS). The image below depicts them for UofA, you can acces this dialog by double clicking any LTS.

BMM - Logical Table Source Properties and LTSS

BMM - Logical Table Source Properties and LTSS

Physical Table FRS_GL_ACCOUNTS is a “Logica Table Source”  Source (LTSS) for Logical Table Source UofA. The rationale again is that UofA represents a system of record (source) that brings in information from more than one physical table to build our organization logical table.

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