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Business Objects Interview Questions 1. What is business objects?

BUSINESSOBJECTS is an integrated query, reporting and analysis solution for business professionals that allow them to access the data in their corporate databases directly from their desktop and present and analyze this information in a BUSINESSOBJECTS document. It is an OLAP tool that high-level management can use as a part of a Decision Support Systems. BUSINESSOBJECTS makes it easy to access the data, because you work with it in business terms that are familiar to you, not technical database terms like SQL.

2. What are the various Business Objects products? User Module, Designer, Supervisor, Auditor, Set Analyzer, Info View (Web Intelligence), Business Objects Software Development Kit (SDK), Broadcast Agent etc.

3. What are the advantages of Business Objects over other DSS? User Friendly. Familiar Business Terms. Graphical Interface Drag and Drop. Powerful reports in less time. Enterprise wide Deployment of documents using Web Customized dashboards using Application foundation and Business Objects SDK.

4. How many modes are there in BO & Designer? There are 2 types: Enterprise Mode, Workgroup 5. What are Enterprise and Workgroup modes?

Designer lets you save universes in either enterprise or workgroup mode. Enterprise mode means that you are working in an environment with a repository. Workgroup mode means that you are working without a repository. The mode in which you save your universe determines whether other designers

5. What are objects? An object is the most refined component in a universe. It maps to data or a derivation of data in the database. Using objects, end users can build queries to generate reports. The name of an object suggests a concept drawn from the terminology of a business or discipline. For a human resources manager, objects might be Employee Name, Address, Salary, or Bonus, while for a financial analyst, objects might be Profit Margin, Return on Investment, etc. For the purposes of multidimensional analysis, objects are qualified as one of three types: dimension, detail, or measure

6. What are Dimension-Measure-Detail Objects? When creating universes, universe designers define and qualify objects. The qualification of an object reveals how it can be used in analysis in reports. An object can be qualified as a dimension, a detail, or a measure. A dimension object is the object being tracked; in other words, it can be considered the focus of the analysis. A dimension can be an object such as Service, Price, or Customer. Dimension objects retrieve the data that will provide the basis for analysis in a report. Dimension objects typically retrieve character-type data (customer names, resort names, etc.), or dates (years, quarters, reservation dates.) A detail object provides descriptive data about a dimension object (or attribute of a dimension). It is always associated with a specific dimension object. However, a detail object cannot be used in drill down analysis. E.g. address & phone number can be attributes about the customer dimension. A measure object is derived from one of the following aggregate functions: Count, Sum, Minimum, Maximum or average or is a numeric data item on which you can apply, at least locally, one of those functions. This type of object provides statistical information. Examples of measure objects include the following: Revenue, unit price etc

7. What is hierarchy? Groups of related dimension objects are referred to as dimension hierarchies. An example of a dimension hierarchy is Geography, which can consist of City, Region, and Country. (Hierarchy is an ordered series of related dimensions, which can be used, in multidimensional analysis) Good examples of hierarchy are geography and time

8. How to create hierarchies in BO? A hierarchy, which the designer sets up when creating the universe, consists of dimension objects ranked from less detailed to more detailed. The objects that belong to hierarchies are the ones you can use to define scope of analysis.

9. Can a Universe have more than 1 fact Table? Yes. Typically a universe can have more than 1 fact table and numerous aggregated tables.

10. What is the difference between BoXIR2 and BOXIR3? 1. XIR3 can use Excel document as a data provider which was not possible in XIR2. 2. We can open XIR2 universes using XIR3 Designer but XIR3 universe cannot be opened using earlier versions of designer.

11. What is the difference between User and versatile user? SUPERVISOR offers various types of users of Business Objects products. The user profile determines by default what products a user can use. User profiles can be Customized to reflect the needs of the users. User (all products but DESIGNER and SUPERVISOR) Versatile (configurable) USERs use the Business Objects end-user products to query, report, and analyze data. They may also use the optional REPORTER and EXPLORER modules for Multidimensional analysis. End users can produce documents containing data from one or more data sources.

A versatile user is a customized user who may be given access by a supervisor to any combination of Business Objects products.

12. Let me know the things we can do in Web and cannot do it in FULL CLIENT and vice verse for BO6.5? 1) We can create edit Universe in the full client but not in Web 2) Web has comparatively less functions to use than in Full client 3) In Full Client we can write macrosaddins but I am not sure whether we can do the same in Web or not. The main difference between full client and webi is in webi only universe can be used as source, whereas in fullclient we can freehand sql, stored procedures and xml Data providers as source.

13. Explain Are Data mart and DWH normalized or denormalized? Do both of them exist in<br /> The same tier? Yes both can exist on the same tier because Data mart is a subset of data warehouse and it supports a particular region, business unit or business function. The data in the Data mart and DWH is Denormalized and optimized for OLAP systems

14. Explain How to schedule the report in B.O? We can schedule the reports through broadcast agent.