Teradata Reporting and Star Schemas in OBIEE

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Teradata ODBC Driver

The Teradata ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with Teradata, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access Teradata databases from virtually anywhere through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



Create a star schema that shows perspectives on Teradata facts in real time.

The CData ODBC Driver for Teradata is a standard database driver that can integrate real-time access to Teradata data into your data warehouse or directly into your reporting tool. This article shows how to bypass the data warehouse and import operational Teradata data into Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE).

See the knowledge base for ODBC integrations with ETL tools like Informatica PowerCenter. For an ETL solution into Oracle Warehouse Builder, use the driver with the Oracle ODBC Gateway to Access Teradata Data as a Remote Oracle Database.

Connect to Teradata as an ODBC Data Source

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

To connect to Teradata, provide authentication information and specify the database server name.

  • User: Set this to the username of a Teradata user.
  • Password: Set this to the password of the Teradata user.
  • DataSource: Specify the Teradata server name, DBC Name, or TDPID.
  • Port: Specify the port the server is running on.
  • Database: Specify the database name. If not specified, the default database is used.

When you configure the DSN, you may also want to set the Max Rows connection property. This will limit the number of rows returned, which is especially helpful for improving performance when designing reports and visualizations.

Import Teradata Metadata

Follow the steps below to use the OBIEE Client Tools to import Teradata metadata into an OBIEE repository. You can then integrate Teradata data into your business models.

  1. Open the Administration Tool and click File -> New Repository.

  2. In the Connection Type menu, select ODBC 3.5 and select the CData DSN.
  3. Select the metadata types you want to import under the Relational Sources option and then select Teradata tables.
You can now create star schemas based on Teradata tables: