Setting and Managing BusinessObjects 3.1 Universe Parameters

  • by Adam Getz, Manager – Business Intelligence, CGI Federal
  • April 11, 2013
See how to use the BusinessObjects 3.1 Universe Designer tool to set and manage BusinessObjects universe parameters. Doing so allows you to effectively control the functionality of a universe.
Key Concept

A BusinessObjects universe is the semantic layer that resides between an organization’s database and the end user (i.e., it is a business representation of an organization’s data warehouse or transactional database).

An SAP BusinessObjects universe contains parameters, which are the specific definitions and settings that identify the following:

  • The universe and its database connections
  • Specifications of the type of queries that can run using the universe
  • A set of controls on the use of system resources by the universe

BusinessObjects universe parameters provide detailed information about the universe as well as settings to change universe behavior (e.g., connection to the source of data, how long a query can run, the complexity of the SQL generated). In this article, I provide an overview of how to use the BusinessObjects Universe Designer tool to set and manage BusinessObjects universe parameters to effectively control the functionality and performance of the universe.


This article focuses on setting universe parameters using the Universe Designer in Business Objects 3.1. The Universe Designer has been replaced by the Information Design Tool in BusinessObjects 4.0, but the Designer is still widely used.

Adam Getz

Adam Getz currently serves as a Manager, Business Intelligence for CGI Federal. In this position, he is leading a large business intelligence and data warehousing implementation for a federal client.  He is a thought leader in the field of information technology and an expert in the deployment of leading business intelligence, database management, and data integration products. He has presented at a variety of local, national, and international events, including the 2006 BusinessObjects International Conference, 2007 Oracle BIWA Summit, 2008 Oracle Open World, and 2010 and 2011 ASUG SAP BusinessObjects User Conferences. In addition, Adam is the creator and main author of, a website, portfolio, and blog that provides rich technical and functional content to business intelligence and data warehousing professionals. He has also published numerous technology white papers that have focused on various topics within business intelligence and data warehousing. Adam currently serves as the chairperson of the Washington DC Business Objects User Group.

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