Modular Structure of SAP Business Objects Data Services
Business Objects Data Services (BODS) is complex platform to process data integration and the Business Objects application with the latest versions. Compared to Business Objects Data Integrator, an integral part of Data Services is the Data Quality module.
SAP Data Services platform has a modular structure and the tools such as Data Services Designer, Management Console and the Central Repository.
Data Services Designer
It is a client application that enables data workflows to monitor and Data Designer helps to define the connections with multiple data sources. Changes in the given connections are updated automatically even with any occurrences of data sources.
BODS application offers numerous pre-defined transformations and functional objects that allows modeling of ETL flows. Some of the objects are
- Data Merging
- Records Validation
- SQL Queries Performance
- Column mapping
- Table Contents Comparison
- Conditional Expressions
- Parent Child Relationship Management
- Natural Keys and Surrogate Generation
It is available in the internet browser (Firefox and Internet Explorer) and also has the following functional modules
- Auto Documentation
- Data Validation
- Operational Dashboard
- Data Quality Reports
- Data Lineage and Impact Analysis
SAP Data Services is a central repository which is independent of ETL Developers from Local Repositories. Central Repository allows adding testing scripts and importing them to the local repositories.