This course is designed to teach you how to design BusinessObjects universes using Universe Designer; using BusinessObjects 6.5, BusinessObjects XI R1/R2, or BusinessObjects XI 3.0/3.1. 

New features covered in the XI 3.0/3.1 course that are not applicable to BusinessObjects 6.5 or XI R1/R2 learners include:

  • Creating a cascading list of values associated with a hierarchy of objects in a universe

  • Creating delegated measures

  • Creating nested derived tables

  • Using Translation Manager

  • Testing universe results in Web Intelligence Rich Client 

The target audience for this course is anyone responsible for creating and designing universes using Universe Designer, using BusinessObjects XI 3.0/3.1.


  • SQL and relational database concepts & structures


3 days


  • Understanding BusinessObjects Universes

    • Define BusinessObjects universe concepts

    • Use the universe development cycle

  • Creating the Course Universe

    • Describe the course database and universe

    • Create the course universes

  • Building the Universe Structure

    • Populate the universe structure

    • Define joins in a universe

  • Creating Dimension Objects

    • Describe classes and objects

    • Create classes and objects

  • Creating Measure Objects

    • Define measure object concepts

    • Create measure objects

    • Create delegated measure objects

  • Resolving Loops in a Universe

    • Understand loops

    • Resolve loops using aliases

    • Resolve loops using contexts

  • Resolving SQL Traps

    • Understand SQL traps and universes

    • Resolve fan traps

    • Resolve chasm traps

  • Applying Restrictions on Objects

    • Restrict the data returned by objects

  • Using @functions with Objects

    • Use @functions

  • Using Hierarchies

    • Understand hierarchies and universes

    • Work with hierarchies

  • Using Lists of Values

    • Create a list of values

    • Work with LOVs in Universe Designer

    • Create a cascading LOV

  • Creating Derived Tables and Indexes

    • Use derived tables

    • Apply index awareness

  • Linking Universes

    • Understand linked universes

    • Create links between universes

  • Applying Universe Access Restrictions

    • Set access restrictions on a universe

  • Managing Universes

    • Document universes

    • Deploy universes

    • Maintain universes

    • Deploy universes in multiple languages


  • This core three-day instructor-led course is designed to give you the comprehensive skills needed to design, build and maintain BusinessObjects 6.5, BusinessObjects XI R1/R2, and BusinessObjects XI 3.0/3.1 universes.

  • You should attend this course to understand universe design concepts and terminology, as well as the role of universes in relation to BusinessObjects reporting tools.

  • The course provides an overview of the process for planning, designing and creating a universe and then walks you through the process of designing a universe that responds to identified requirements.

  • The business benefit of this course is that you learn best-practice methodology for creating universes that respond to your reporting requirements.

  • Through well-designed universes, report designers and business users are able to create reports without having to know anything about the underlying data source or structure.


At the end of this course every learner will receive a certificate of attendance.This course is not applicable to any Business Objects Certified Professional programs.


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