1. Explain me what are conformed dimensions?

Conformed dimentions are dimensions which are common to the cubes.(cubes are the schemas contains facts and dimension tables)

Consider Cube-1 contains F1,D1,D2,D3 and Cube-2 contains F2,D1,D2,D4 are the Facts and Dimensions
here D1,D2 are the Conformed Dimensions one dimension can share with more fact tables through primary key and foreign key relationship.

2. How to load the time dimension?

Time dimension are used to represent the datas or measures over a certain period of time.The server time dimension is the most widley used one by which we can represent the datas in hierachal manner such as quarter->year->months->week wise representations.

3. Explain Why are OLTP database designs not generally a good idea for a Data Warehouse?

Since in OLTP,tables are normalised and hence query response will be slow for end user and OLTP doesnot contain years of data and hence cannot be analysed.

4. Explain What are conformed dimensions?

Conformed dimensions mean the exact same thing with every possible fact table to which they are joined
Ex:Date Dimensions is connected all facts like Sales facts,Inventory facts..etc

5. Explain What does level of Granularity of a fact table signify?

Granularity
The first step in designing a fact table is to
determine the granularity of the fact table. By
granularity, we mean the lowest level of information
that will be stored in the fact table. This
constitutes two steps:

Determine which dimensions will be included.
Determine where along the hierarchy of each dimension
the information will be kept.
The determining factors usually goes back to the
requirements

6. What is a Fact table?

Fact Table contains the measurements or metrics or facts of business process. If your business process is "Sales" , then a measurement of this business process such as "monthly sales number" is captured in the Fact table. Fact table also contains the foriegn keys for the dimension tables.

Facts are organized in a table is called Fact table.
A Fact is a numeric values or a Business measure.
Every numeric is not a fact. a numeric which occupied a key performance indicator is called Facts
A Fact table contains a Facts at lower granularity level

7. What is a data warehousing?

Data Warehouse is a repository of integrated information, available for queries and analysis. Data and information are extracted from heterogeneous sources as they are generated....This makes it much easier and more efficient to run queries over data that originally came from different sources.

Typical relational databases are designed for on-line transactional processing (OLTP) and do not meet the requirements for effective on-line analytical processing (OLAP). As a result, data warehouses are designed differently than traditional relational databases.

A Data Warehousing is defined in 2 ways by 2 authors named "Ralph Kimball" and "W.H.Inman"

According to Ralph Kimball, . A D.W.H is a relational database which is specially design for business analysis but not for running the business.
. An enterprise D.W.H is design to make decision process. Hence it is called Decision Support System.
. A Data Warehouse is design to only read operations required for business analysis but not for transactional process. Hence it is called Read Only Database.

According to W.H.Inman, A Data Warehouse is a,
1) Time variant Database
2) Non-Volatile Database
3) Integrated Database
4) Subject oriented Database
and a Data Warehouse is a historical database

8. Explain What are non-additive facts?

Non-Additive: Non-additive facts are facts that cannot
be summed up for any of the dimensions present in the
fact table.

9. Explain some of modeling tools available in the Market?

These tools are used for Data/dimension modeling

1. Oracle Designer
2. ERWin (Entity Relationship for windows)
3. Informatica (Cubes/Dimensions)
4. Embarcadero
5. Power Designer Sybase

10. What is an ER Diagram?

The Entity-Relationship (ER) model was originally proposed by Peter in 1976 [Chen76] as a way to unify the network and relational database views.

Simply stated the ER model is a conceptual data model that views the real world as entities and relationships. A basic component of the model is the Entity-Relationship diagram which is used to visually represents data objects.

Since Chen wrote his paper the model has been extended and today it is commonly used for database design For the database designer, the utility of the ER model is:

it maps well to the relational model. The constructs used in the ER model can easily be transformed into relational tables.
it is simple and easy to understand with a minimum of training. Therefore, the model can be used by the database designer to communicate the design to the end user.

In addition, the model can be used as a design plan by the database developer to implement a data model in a specific database management software.

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