Mapping the Result of MDX Queries

Although we recommend creating Multidimensional base views graphically, you can also create them with an MDX query.

MDX (Multidimensional Expressions) is a query language for multidimensional databases, as SQL is a query language for relational databases.

The result of an MDX query is formed by axes, which are similar to the dimensions of a multidimensional structure.

Virtual DataPort maps these axes into a relational structure by creating one field for each value of the ON COLUMNS axis and one field for each dimension of the ON ROWS axis. If a dimension of the ON ROWS axis is hierarchical, there will be a column for each level of this dimension.


Virtual DataPort only supports MDX queries with the ONROWS and ONCOLUMNS axes.


The MDX query has to include the members of the parent levels of those levels that appear in the result. Otherwise, the result may not be correct.

Sample MDX query
    [Measures].MEMBERS ON COLUMNS,
FROM [$Sales]