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Binding to OLAP Data Sources

The PivotGridControl allows you to visualize data contained in a cube deployed on an OLAP server. In OLAP mode, the PivotGridControl delegates data management operations (such as summarization, grouping, etc.) to the server side. Thus, you can use OLAP binding mode to process large amounts of data. The following KB article describes recommendations related to using OLAP data sources: How to improve PivotGrid performance.

Expanded Requirements and Limitations

To learn more about requirements and limitations imposed by binding to OLAP data sources, see Requirements and Limitations.

Expanded Binding to an OLAP cube at Design Time

You can bind to an OLAP cube at design time using the Items Source Configuration Wizard. To do this, perform the following steps.

  1. Click the PivotGridControl's smart tag and select the Items Source Wizard command.

  2. In the invoked Items Source Configuration Wizard, select OLAP Cube.

    Click Next.

  3. Select the provider used to communicate with the Microsoft Analysis Services server.

    The following providers are available.

    • OLE DB for OLAP - A native provider for Analysis Services database connections.
    • ADOMD.NET - A Microsoft .NET Framework data provider that is designed to communicate with Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services. ADOMD.NET uses the XML for Analysis protocol to communicate with analytical data sources by using either TCP/IP or HTTP connections to transmit and receive SOAP requests and responses that are compliant with the XML for Analysis specification.


      Note that the ADOMD.NET data provider provides a better performance than OLE DB for OLAP and provides additional capabilities. To learn more, see Data providers used for Analysis Services connections.

    • XMLA - Provides the capability to connect to an OLAP cube over HTTP protocol. This method does not require any data access libraries or data providers to be installed on the client system.

    Select ADOMD.NET and click Next.

  4. On the final page, specify the required settings.

    • Provider - Allows you to specify the version of the Microsoft Analysis Services OLE DB Provider for the Microsoft SQL Server. Note that MSOLAP identifies the latest version of the OLE DB provider.
    • Server Name - Specifies the name of the OLAP server that runs an instance of Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS). You can also specify the full path to a local cube file.


      Click the Retrieve Schema button to obtain the available catalogs/cubes contained in the specified server.

    • Catalog Name - Specifies a data catalog that contains cubes.
    • Cube Name - Specifies the name of a cube that provides data.
    • Query Timeout - The maximum amount of time (in seconds) allowed for a query to SSAS to complete. If the parameter is set to 0, each query can last indefinitely.
    • Culture - Specifies the locale used to retrieve translations from an OLAP server.
    • Connection Timeout - Specifies the time (in seconds) to wait while trying to establish a connection before terminating the attempt and generating an error.
    • User Id - Specifies the user name used to authenticate an OLAP server.
    • Password - Specifies the password used to authenticate an OLAP server.
    • Connections String - Contains the connection string generated based on settings specified above.

    After you have specified all the required settings, click Finish and rebuild the solution.

  5. After you have created an OLAP data source at design time, create pivot grid fields using commands from the control's smart tag.

    • Add Data Area Field - Adds a new field to the Data Header Area. To bind the created data field and the measure from the data source, click the field's smart tag, click the ellipsis button next to FieldName and select the required measure.

    • Add Column Area Field/Add Row Area Field/Add Filter Area Field - Adds a new field to the Column Header Area, Row Header Area or Filter Header Area. To bind the created data field and the dimension from the data source, click the field's smart tag, click the ellipsis button next to FieldName and select the required dimension.

Expanded Binding to an OLAP cube in Code

To bind the PivotGridControl to an OLAP cube in code, do the following.

The following example demonstrates how to bind a PivotGridControl to an MS OLAP cube.

For this, it is required to set the PivotGridControl.OlapConnectionString property value, and add the necessary fields to the PivotGridControl.Fields collection.

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