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Business Objects training and Penn Data seminars

  • SAP Business Objects is the tool supported by ISC Data Administration, so if you choose to query the data in another way, you should already have expertise in how to install, configure and use that tool to extract data from a remote Oracle database, and how to work with the relational database structure to join the tables appropriately.
  • Formal training in Business Objects' Web Intelligence is recommended for people who plan to write and edit queries. People who use the InfoView website to refresh queries, or who only use the Corporate Documents and do not plan to write a lot of their own queries, may not need to attend Business Objects training.
  • Both Web Intelligence and InfoView users are welcome to attend the Penn Data seminars, though these sessions are geared towards people who create reports. Also, if you plan to write your own queries and create reports, additional data training beyond the Penn Data seminars may be mandatory (see "Access to the Data Warehouse" below).

Business Objects classes

On campus classes in Business Objects are offered via ONLC. Please consult their schedule at website at for dates, cost, and links to course descriptions and registration. The classes offered by ONLC use generic training data -- not actual Penn-specific data. People who attend Business Objects training are strongly encouraged to also attend one of the Penn data seminars or Office Hours sessions presented by Data Administration to learn more about the data they will be using.

Penn Data Seminars

For new users, these seminars are intended to give people an idea of the kinds of queries they can refresh and/or write for themselves, once they have learned how to use the query tool.

  • FINANCIAL DATA: contact Amy Miller, 8-2171 for dates and information
  • STUDENT DATA: contact Susan Collins, 3-6038, for dates and information.


Access to the Data Warehouse

Access to the University of Pennsylvania's Data Warehouse requires 3 things. You need all three:

1. Permission
To obtain permission to use any of the data housed in the Data Warehouse, you must complete a "Data Warehouse Access Request Form" and submit it to Data Administration. Please make sure you have all of the required signatures before you send it along. In some cases, you will also need prerequisite training before you will be able to get access. Users of General Ledger data must first get a BEN Financials account (and have BEN Financials training). Uses of Student data must first get a SRS account and complete an online course. Note that obtaining permission does not automatically mean someone will come and install a query tool on your desktop.

2. A query tool
The supported query tool at the University of Pennsylvania is Business Objects. You may indicate what type of Business Objects (full client or InfoView only) you plan to use -- or what other query tool if applicable -- on your Data Warehouse Access Request Form when you are sending your request to access the data.

3. Training
Formal training in the use of whatever query tool you use is recommended.
Data training in the use of whatever data you plan to query is also strongly recommended, and in some cases, is required before you will be given permission to query the data. Please note that attending training does not by itself give you permission.


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