Did you know IBM Planning Analytics can minimize the amount of feeder data via an approach called a “conditional feeder?” A conditional feeder is exactly what it sounds like – it only feeds when a certain condition is met.
In a previous blog post, I provided an example of how to use an attribute to turn on/off data flow from another cube. We left off with the following rules:
The cube “High-Level” should only pull from “Detailed” if there is a “Y” in the attribute called “Use Detailed”, but we are currently feeding no matter how the attribute is populated. We can add efficiency by incorporating an IF() statement into the feeder. Here’s an example of how the feeder should look:
The IF statement will generate one of two results: a valid element to use in the feeder or an invalid result. Planning Analytics will not process an invalid feeder, so any invalid element (including a blank) in the false area will prevent the feeder from occurring.
By writing it in this way, we can turn off/on the feeder by using the same attribute that determines whether to use that line or not.
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