Column-Level Security with Information Design Tool: Using Business Security Profiles to Secure Objects and Customize Reporting Experience
One of the new universe security features in Information Design Tool (IDT) is the Business Security Profile, which allows universe designers to assign column-level security on objects and apply profiles directly to users and groups. Business Security Profiles provide advanced and flexible object security, which is an overall improvement compared to the all-or-nothing approach with legacy Universe Design Tool.
Pros and Cons
The added flexibility means fewer universes to develop and maintain since you can achieve more with a single universe. I am particularly pleased that SAP included a distinction between “Create Query” and “Display Data” object security. This is a relatively simple security method with powerful possibilities.
There is no denying that all these new features (and the extra steps involved at every level) have greatly complicated the universe design process. The learning curve is steep, but I still find many of these features useful. Business Security Profiles are assigned directly to users and groups from the IDT Security Editor. I personally find this quick and easy, but it could pose a challenge to organizations with distinct admin and designer roles. While SAP still has some bugs to work out, the feature generally works as intended.
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About Marshall Kelley
Marshall Kelley is a business intelligence consultant specializing in SAP BusinessObjects tools and solutions. With Decision First, Marshall provides customized solutions for customers across all industries. He utilizes a wide-range of front-end BusinessObjects products and is experienced in BusinessObjects configuration, administration, and end-user training.