Joshua Fletcher Offers 3 Best Practices for Universe Design

  • by Scott Wallask, Managing Editor
  • September 6, 2012
Find out about best practices for universe design and testing universe design. Also read why the transition from the old Universe Designer to the new Universe Design Tool in BusinessObjects 4.0 has been effective.

When talking about common problems you see in BusinessObjects universe design, Joshua Fletcher recommends a trio of best practices:

  • Ensuring users are working with efficient universes
  • Creating technically sound universes
  • Improving the performance of universes

In a recent interview with me, Fletcher — who is national SAP BI manager at ASG Group and an SAP Mentor — expanded on his best practice about performance.

“Some universes I've seen, there are no measures in the universe,” he said. “Really, all the queries that will get generated will just return all the results from the universe. Then any aggregation and any definition of an object as a measure, instead of a grouping dimension, have to be done in a report, which obviously doesn't meet the user value.”

For more about universe concerns, listen to my podcast on BusinessObjects Expert with Fletcher by clicking here. If you’d prefer to read the discussion, the transcript of our conversation is below.

Scott Wallask

Scott Wallask was the managing editor for the BI, BusinessObjects, and HANA content of SAPexperts. He has covered SAP for WIS since May 2010, with a focus on SAP NetWeaver BW, HANA, BusinessObjects, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and human resources. He has spent 19 years as a writer and editor, including stints as a reporter at several newspapers in the Boston area. For 12 years starting in 1998, he created in-depth content about fire safety and OSHA regulations in hospitals while working at HCPro, a healthcare publishing company. In 2005, he won a first place award for best instructional reporting from the Specialized Information Publishers Association for his series on fire protection efforts in nursing homes. He graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern University in 1994 with a BA degree in print journalism.

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