Universe Design Principles
Web Intelligence and Desktop Intelligence are a powerful ad hoc reporting and analysis tools. The single greatest component of either tool that will make your implementation succeed or fail is the universe. A universe is a business representation of your data warehouse or transaction database. It shields users from the underlying complexities of the database schema. Business Objects often refers to this as its patented semantic or metadata layer. In all your development efforts, you must stay focused on that purpose: business representation. If your universe becomes a glorified entity-relationship model, ...

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