Explainer: What is Data Model Standardization?

Data Model Standardization consists of components that standardize and apply context to data models to help scale solutions without compromising flexibility.


What is Data Model Standardization?

Instead of a one-size-fits-all Standard Model with restrictions on the number of dimensions supported, Vena now offers standard components (via Dimension Tagging) that can be applied to any data model.


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Why should I adopt Data Model Standardization?

With DMS, any data model can use Dimension Types, a Vena-standard dimension definition. This Vena-standard dimension allows Vena to understand any dimension, regardless of what you name it within your environment. Dimension Types give context to what a dimension is used for and allow Vena to understand data models better to build smarter features for you.


Benefits of Data Model Standardization:


Take advantage of Vena’s pre-configured solutions

As your organization grows, you may want to expand your use of Vena and incorporate one of our many pre-configured solutions. Adopting Data Model Standardization makes it easy to implement and get started quickly with your new solution.

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Unlock compatibility with new features like:


  • Vena Functions like Foreign Exchange Conversion
    Vena’s Foreign Exchange (FX) Conversion Function is a self-serve function that allows you to implement currency conversion calculations without requiring specialized formula knowledge.  
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  • Vena Insights
    Add dynamic visuals to your reports based on a pre-selected dataset and view consolidated data through interactive visuals to track KPIs and identify areas for further exploration. Vena Insights leverages embedded Power BI and Microsoft’s best-in-class AI and machine learning technology.  
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How do I add standard components to my existing data model(s)?

Assigning Dimension Types to dimensions in your existing data models allows you to apply standardization practices to any model. By assigning Dimension Types, you can leverage product features that rely on dimension types such as FX Functions, Vena Insights and more. Find out how to tag dimension types in this article.


What happened to Standard Models?

As of Fall 2023, Vena is moving away from Standard and non-standard models. Instead, with Data Model Standarization, now any model can adopt standard practices with Dimension Types. Data models that were formerly called Standard Models will no longer have the Standard Model label. However, you can continue using them like any other data model. 



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