SAP Business Objects – Definitions and Abbreviations

BI launch pad – A Web-based application delivered as part of SAP Business Objects Enterprise and intended for users and content administrators (formerly known as InfoView).

Business filter – A filter created in the business layer editor, made of expressions containing only objects in the business layer.

Business Layer – Collection of objects (dimensions, hierarchies, measures, attributes, and predefined conditions) that map to SQL definitions in a database. Business layers are created on a data foundation or an OLAP cube. The principal role of the business layer is to define and organize metadata before it is published as a universe.

Business Views – A collection of components created in Business View Manager—a flexible and reliable multi-tier system.

Calculated Measure – A measure that is calculated using an MDX expression.

Canvas – The main work area where users place and manipulate components to create a visual model of data.

Cluster Key – An encryption key used to protect cryptographic keys in the CMS repository.

Connection Server – The data access layer that manages data source access by Business Objects applications.

Context – Context is a collection of Joins in which designer can decide which path to choose.

Cube – A multi-dimensional or OLAP database in which data is summarized, consolidated, and stored in “dimensions” (each representing information such as customer, or product line) and “measures” (for example sales, cost, or profit), enabling improved processing time and storage space requirements over traditional data storage methods such as relational databases.

Dashboard – A web-based display of analytics and objects that display information about your business and allow you to provide visibility, organization, and monitoring to your business activities.

Data foundation – Data Foundation defines the tables and joins from relational databases. The data foundation is enhanced with contexts, prompts, calculated columns, and other SQL definitions, and used to build the business layer of a universe.

Delegated administrator – Delegated user will have subset of administrative rights for object management in Business Objects Enterprise.

Dynamic Prompt – A request for information from the user which may appear upon viewing an object which may determine what data appears in the document.

Index-aware – A universe feature that allows the universe to generate queries on key columns in database tables to speed up data retrieval.

Infoview – A web-based interface that end users access to view, schedule, and keep track of published reports.

JavaBean – A Java component developed using the Connection Server Driver Development Kit that enables access to various data sources.

Locale – A definition of a user’s environment. It specifies conventions for the culture and language of the environment, such as time formatting, numeric formatting, and currency.

Managed Report – A Crystal report file (.rpt) that resides in the Business Objects Enterprise CMS repository, and is accessed programmatically through an instance of the InfoObject class.

MDAS Server – A server that provides Business Objects Enterprise client applications such as Business Objects Voyager with an extensible and efficient framework for accessing multi-dimensional (OLAP) data.

Metadata – Information about how data is stored in a database, including table and column names for relational databases, or dimensions, hierarchies, levels, and members for OLAP databases.

Native filter – In the information design tool, a filter created using expressions in a database language (for example SQL) that can reference tables and columns in the data foundation and also, but not necessarily, objects in the business layer. This filter called as condition in the universe design tool.

One-to-Many – Pertaining to a situation occurring in linked databases in which one record in one database can be matched with many records in another database.

Order of Precedence -A sequential hierarchy of arithmetic operations in a formula that involves multiple arithmetic operations. Multiplication (*) and division (/) are performed first (first tier operations), followed by addition (+) and subtraction (-) (second tier operations). When there are multiple operations involving the same tier, the hierarchy dictates that the operations are performed from left to right. You can use parentheses, if you wish, to alter the normal order.

Report Bursting – A process in Publishing in which the source document data is refreshed and personalized for recipients.

Revision number – Each time you export a universe to a universe folder, Designer increments the revision number of the universe. This allows you to determine which is the latest version of the universe is. The revision number appears on the Summary tab of Universe Parameters (File > Universe Parameters > Summary)

Server Intelligence – The Business Objects Enterprise Platform to actively monitor the state of services that are hosted by its server.

Server-side Processing – A feature that allows you to set up for reports that perform majority of their processing on the server. These reports push only relevant details to your computer, thus saving you time and memory.

Slice – A two-dimensional view of a multi-dimensional cube. For example, if your data cube contains the three dimensions Product, Market, and Year, and you want to analyze how your products performed in all markets in the year 2006, you would select only 2006 data from the Year dimension. The selected data would then be a two-dimensional slice.

SQL pass-through – The ability to get the SQL Server to process the data retrieval criteria in order to pass the smallest possible result set back to Crystal Reports for final processing. When processing can be passed-through to the server, it makes the reporting process more efficient and it minimizes network traffic.

Stored Procedure – A compiled SQL program, consisting of one or more SQL statements, which is resides and runs on your SQL server.

Unmanaged report – A Crystal report file (.rpt) that is resides on a local file system and is accessed programmatically by a file path.

Visualization – The method of representing raw data so certain patterns are noticeable. For example, a chart, or a table.

Voyager – A powerful, web-based OLAP analysis tool that can help you to gain insight into business data and make intelligent decisions that impact corporate performance by interactively defining queries to explore your data.

Abbreviations
AA – Aggregate Aware
BAPI – Business Application Programming Interface
BEx – Business Explorer
BI – Business Intelligence
BIAR – Business Intelligence Archive Resource
BICS – Business Intelligence Consumer Services
BL – Business Layer
BO – Business Objects
BOE – Business Objects Enterprise
BW – Business Warehouse
CCM – Central Configuration Manager
CE – Crystal Enterprise
CLDR – Common Locale Data Repository
CMS – Central Management Console
CR – Crystal Reports
CRE – Crystal Reports for Enterprise
CTS – Change Transport System
CWM – Common Warehouse Model
CWMI – Common Warehouse Metadata Interchange
DBMS – Database Management System
Deski – Desktop Intelligence
DF – Data Foundation
DW – Data Warehousing
ETL – Extract Transformation Loading
FRS – File Repository Server
HANA – High-Performance Analytic Appliance
IDT – Information Designer Tool
In FRS – Input File Repository Server
JDBC – Java Database Connectivity
LOB – Large Object
LOV – List of Values
MDAS – Multi-Dimensional Analysis Services
MDX – Multidimensional Expressions
ODBC – Open Database Connectivity
ODBO – OLE DB for OLAP
ODS – Operational Data Store
OLAP – Online Analytical Processing
OLE – Object Linking and Embedding
OLTP – Online Transaction Processing
Out FRS –Output File Repository Server
PAM – Platform Availability Matrix — http://service.sap.com/support -> Help and Support -> SAP Business Objects Support -> Documentation -> Supported Platform s/PARs -> SAP Business Objects BI 4.0
PAR – Product Availability Report
PSA – Persistent Staging Area
QaaWS – Query as a Web Service
RDBMS – Relational Database Management System
RCT – Report Conversion Tool
SAP MDM – SAP Master Data Management
SAP XI – SAP Exchange Infrastructure
SBC – Standard Business Content
SIA – Server Intelligence Agent
SMD – Solution Manger Diagnostics
SQL – Structured Query Language
SSO – Single Sign On
TMS – Transport and Management System
TMT – Translation Manager Tool
UDI – Universal Data Integration
UDT – Universe Designer Tool
UMT – Upgrade Management Tool
WAS – Web Application Server
Webi – Web Intelligence
XML – Extensible Markup Language
XMLA – XML for Analysis
.cns – A connection shortcut is an object that references a secured connection in a repository. This shortcut connection saves as a .cns file on local file system
.cnx – Local Connections are saved as independent objects on the local file system as .cnx file
.rep – Desktop Intelligence reports
.rpt – Crystal reports
.UNV – Universe created / published using Universe Designer Tool
.UNX – Universe created / published using Information Designer Tool
.wid – Web Intelligence Document

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