Part 2: Implementing Security in SAP BusinessObjects Universes with the Information Design Tool

  • by Taha M. Mahmoud, Senior BI Consultant
  • January 10, 2017
Learn how to implement security in SAP BusinessObjects Universes using the Information Design Tool security editor. Also learn how to assign the created profiles to specific users or groups of users. Finally, watch the accompanying demo video to learn how to use the security editor to create different security profiles.
Learning Objectives

By reading this article you will:

  • Learn how to apply security on the Universe level using the security editor in the SAP Information Design Tool
  • Learn how to assign the created profiles to specific users or groups of users
  • See a demo video for using the security editor to create different security profiles
Key Concept
The security editor in the Information Design Tool is the main client tool for creating Universes (the Semantic Layer in SAP BusinessObjects). It can be used to configure advanced Universe features such as Universe-level security.

Follow these step-by-step instructions to learn how to implement security in SAP Universes using the security editor feature of the Information Design Tool. The security editor is the out-of-the box solution provided by SAP to handle security in Universes. In the next article in this three-part series, I discuss another approach for implementing security in SAP Universes that uses enterprise database security tables.

I explain how to create data security profiles related to connection, table, SQL parameters, and row-level security. Then, I explain how to create business security profiles related to folders, objects, filters, and so on. Finally, I discuss the importance of having a security matrix in place before implementing Universe security and I provide a sample that can be used as your template. (In the first part of this three-part series of articles, I introduced the different security levels in the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform, such as the object level, applications level, and Universe level.)

There are two main approaches for implementing security in an SAP BusinessObjects Universe:

  • Using the SAP BusinessObjects Information Design Tool security editor
  • Using enterprise database security tables (covered in the next article in this series)

Configuring security profiles in the Universe enforces the implemented security rules on all BI artifacts based on this Universe, such as Web Intelligence reports, Crystal Reports, dashboards, SAP BusinessObjects Lumia visualizations, SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio dashboards, and mobile BI documents (reports and dashboards).

In this article, I focus on the first approach, using the Information Design Tool security editor to implement Universe-level security. The second approach—using enterprise database security tables—will be covered in my third article of this series.

You will learn how to:

  • Access and open the security editor in the SAP BusinessObjects Information Design Tool
  • Create data security profiles
  • Create business security profiles
  • Assign security profiles to a specific user or groups of users
  • Manage and set security profiles priorities
  • Create and maintain a security matrix, and the reasons for doing so

Taha M. Mahmoud

Taha M. Mahmoud is a PMP, TOGAF, ITIL, and CSM, and a senior BI consultant, BI project manager, and solution architect. He has more than seven years of experience consulting and deploying successful BusinessObjects projects in the banking and telecom industries. Taha is the author of the book, Creating Universes with SAP BusinessObjects.

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