CA Business Intelligence Infrastructure

CA Business Intelligence (CA BI) is an enterprise reporting infrastructure that enables you to create, maintain, store, schedule, and distribute reports for CA SDM users and roles. BusinessObjects Enterprise XI, Release 2 and its associated tools, coupled with BusinessObjects Crystal Reports 2013 are the backbone of the architecture. BusinessObjects Enterprise tools are contained in a CA SDM created package, merging CA SDM reporting essentials into an industry leading business intelligence framework.
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CA Business Intelligence (CA BI) is an enterprise reporting infrastructure that enables you to create, maintain, store, schedule, and distribute reports for CA SDM users and roles. BusinessObjects Enterprise XI, Release 2 and its associated tools, coupled with BusinessObjects Crystal Reports 2013 are the backbone of the architecture. BusinessObjects Enterprise tools are contained in a CA SDM created package, merging CA SDM reporting essentials into an industry leading business intelligence framework.
Although Crystal reports are delivered as the primary component of CA BI, the report creation and maintenance tool, Crystal Reports 2013, is not delivered. Crystal Reports 2013 is a separately licensed product that can be purchased from BusinessObjects and used in conjunction with CA BI.
Reporting Components
Following are the primary components included in the CA Business Intelligence infrastructure:
  • CA SDM
    Database/ Domsrvr / ODBC Driver -- Report data is stored in a SQL Server or Oracle CA SDM database. BusinessObjects reporting applications (Crystal Reports and Web Intelligence) access the database using an ODBC driver that connects directly with the CA SDM object engine (domsrvr). All CA SDM security, including data partition and tenancy restrictions, is automatically applied to reports.
  • Central Management Server
    -- The Central Management Server (CMS) is the central repository that stores all objects used in every reporting process.
  • Central Management Console
    -- The Central Management Console (CMC) is the main administrative facility for BusinessObjects. It provides access to all BusinessObjects administration functions. Using the CMC, you can deploy reports and assign user access and folder permissions for Business Intelligence Launch Pad.
  • BusinessObjects Universe
    -- The universe provides a business representation of a data warehouse or transactional database. It describes the classes (tables) and objects (columns) which are used in reports. The CA SDM universe is installed and configured during the installation. At the completion of the installation, the universe connection is assigned to various groups and users in CA SDM.
    • Universe Design Tool
      -- It is a tool in BusinessObjects Enterprise that lets you modify the CA SDM Universe, which is a metalayer between CA SDM schema, and BusinessObjects reporting tools. The Import/Export Wizard facilitates object population or extraction within the CMS.
  • Default Predefined Reports
    -- Predefined reports are web-based CA SDM and Knowledge Management reports developed with either BusinessObjects Web Intelligence (WebI) or Crystal Reports. The reports can be used as models for defining site-specific reports.
  • Business Intelligence Launch Pad
    -- Business Intelligence Launch Pad is a web interface that allows authorized CA SDM users to interact with web-based predefined reports by viewing, running, and scheduling report types including, but not limited to, WebI and Crystal Reports. Reports are contained in folders in the public section in Business Intelligence Launch Pad.
  • Ad Hoc Reports
    -- Ad hoc reports are created and administered from Business Intelligence Launch Pad using a WebI plugin-based interface. This tool is intended for users who want to create basic reports easily without writing queries.