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Time dimension

Time is an important dimension in eazyBI, it allows to group and filter data by different date fields. In eazyBI is one Time dimension and in combination with a measure, it groups data by a date related to that measure. For example, to filter data by the planned end date, you might use measures like tasks with end date or ended contracts.

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Filter time

Time is the most important and common way to filter data. In the report, you can filter data by date or period in several ways based on the report layout (what dimensions are planned on report rows and columns) and available data.

Filter Time on pages

Put the Time dimension on report pages and select the time members to represent a particular period. And select the (predefined or calculated) measures related to the Time dimension on report columns to respond on report context. A page filter is available to report readers, and they can interact with the report and choose another reporting period from the list. You can set the Time dimension on both rows and pages to group and filter data by time.

Filter Time on rows

Put the Time dimension on report rows and Filter time with exact or relative dates (Dec 2021, May 4 2022, yesterday, 30 days ago, 1 month from now). Report readers cannot change the selected period; a user should edit the report to change the row filter.

Filter rows by a date field

On report columns, select a measure (might be property) representing a date and Filter rows by this column with exact or relative dates. Report readers cannot change the selected period; a user should edit the report to change the row filter.

Add members to Time dimension

The dates in the Time dimension are created dynamically - days are added only if there is some activity on that particular date. AIt is very likely that future dates and dates of holidays are not present in the Time dimension because there is no data related to them. If you wish to add some analysis of future or past Time periods that you do not see in eazyBI, it is possible to add these Time members for a specified date range in the Time dimension / All Hierarchy level members. 

This option is available for the users with account Owner, User Admin, or Data Admin user roles.

To add date range you should use exact date name or relative date descriptions (for example: 3 months ago and 6 months from now, Jan 1 2022 and Dec 31 2022). After clicking "OK" you will see a confirmation screen indicating how many Time dimension day level members will be created; click "Yes" to proceed and create new Time dimension members that can be used to show e.g. forecasts or comparison when not all last year data exist.

You may also clean up the Time dimension and remove date members that are not related to any activity. Select option Delete members for date range and eazyBI removes dates not related to any measure value remaining only dates related to some measure value.

Add custom hierarchies to Time dimension

When you import data in eazyBI there are two hierarchies in the "Time" dimension - default and weekly.

For week numeration eazyBI is using ISO standard, which means the first week of the year always will have January 4.

You can add custom hierarchies to the Time dimension with the Add custom hierarchy option:

There are two types of custom hierarchies possible. First, you can create your custom Fiscal hierarchy by selecting the month when your fiscal year starts:

The fiscal hierarchy has the same levels as the default hierarchy of Time dimension (Year, Quarter, Month, and Day); it is possible to create only one custom fiscal hierarchy in the account. Fiscal hierarchy year and quarter member names are referenced by the year in which the fiscal year ends.

The other type of custom hierarchies allows creating hierarchies of multiple weeks. You can choose the option of two, three, or four-week periods and select a date. The date determines from which day the week count is started:

You can create one instance of each type of the multiple-week dimension (two, three, or four-week periods).