Cubes can be very complex for users to explore.
A single cube can represent the contents of a complete data warehouse, with multiple measure groups in a cube representing multiple fact tables, and multiple dimensions based on multiple dimension tables. Such a cube can be very complex and powerful, but daunting to users who may only need to interact with a small part of the cube in order to satisfy their business intelligence and reporting requirements.
You can use a perspective to reduce the perceived complexity of a cube. A perspective defines a viewable subset of a cube that provides focused, business-specific or application-specific viewpoints on the cube.
The perspective controls the visibility of objects that are contained by a cube. The following objects can be displayed or hidden in a perspective:
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
In the JDM perspectives can be created and maintained in the Perspectives dialogue by right-clicking on a cube and navigating to Advanced -> Perspectives:
You indicate by a checkmark if the individual object is visible in the perspective or not:
When the user connects to the perspective, it is just like connecting to a cube: