Business Objects Interview Questions and Answers

Question.1 What is business objects?

Answer: BUSINESS OBJECTS is an integrated query, reporting and analysis solution for business professionals that allow them to access the data in their corporate databases directly from their desktop and present and analyze this information in a BUSINESS OBJECTS document. It is an OLAP tool that high-level management can use as a part of a Decision Support Systems (DSS).
Question.2 What are the advantages of Business Objects over other DSS?
Answer: User Friendly
Familiar Business Terms
Graphical Interface
Enterprise wide Deployment of documents using WebI
Drag and Drop
Powerful reports in less time 
Question.3 What are the various Business Objects products?    
Answer: User Module
Set Analyzer
Info View (Web Intelligence)
Business Objects Software Development Kit (SDK)
Broadcast Agent
Question.4 What is Designer?
Answer: Designer is a Business Objects IS module used by universe designers to create and maintain universes. Universes are the semantic layer that isolates end users from the technical issues of the database structure. Universe designers can distribute universes to end users by moving them as files through the file system, or by exporting them to the repository.
Question.5 How many modes are there in Business objects and Designer?       
Answer: There are 2 types
Enterprise Mode
Workgroup Mode
Question.6 What are the different Multidimensional analysis methods available in Business Objects?        
Answer: There are 2 Multidimensional analysis methods available in BO, they are
Slice and Dice
Drill Down
Question.7 What are the types of users in Business Objects?     
Answer: General Supervisor
                   Graphical Interface
                   End User
                   Versatile Use
Question.8 What data sources are available?
Answer: BUSINESS OBJECTS let you access data from a wide range of sources. You can access data from Relational databases (RDBMS), such as ORACLE, Microsoft SQL Server, Informix and IBM DB2. Multidimensional (OLAP) databases, such as Microsoft OLAP Services, Hyperion Essbase, and ORACLE Express.Virtually any data source using Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) procedures.
Question.9 Which are the different types of data providers?     
Answer: Queries on Universes
                 Stored Procedures
                Free-hand SQL
                Personal Data files
                VBA Procedures
                OLAP Servers
Question.10 What is drill mode?
Answer: Drill mode is a Business objects analysis mode that allows you to break down data and view it from different angles and on different levels of detail to discover what is the driving factor behind a good or bad result.
Question.11 What are new in BO 5.1?
Answer: Save business objects documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
Add hyperlinks to reports such as mail addresses and web site addresses.
These hyperlinks are maintained when you save the report in HTML or PDFZero Administration – Only the business objects client software installed on the windows pc; all middleware is stored and administered on the web intelligence web server and the server side processing is handled by the web intelligence system.
Question.12 What is a database connection?
Answer: A connection is a set of parameters that provides access to an RDBMS. These parameters include system information such as the data account, user identification, and the path to the database. Designer provides three types of connections: secured, shared, and personal.
Question.13 What are the types of connections we use when connecting to the database? 
Answer: There are three types of connections namely Secured, Shared and Personal.
A secured connection is used to centralize and control access to sensitive or critical data. It is the safest type of connection for protecting access to data.
A shared connection is used to access common resources such as universes or documents. Several users can thus use it.
A personal connection is specific to one user and can be used only from the computer on which it was created.
Question.14 What are strategies?
Answer: A strategy is a script that automatically extracts structural information from a database or flat file.
Question.15 What is a Business Objects Repository?
Answer: The Business Objects repository is a centralized set of relational data structures stored on a database. This relational device enables BUSINESSOBJECTS and WEBINTELLIGENCE users to share resources in a controlled and secured environment. The repository is made up of three domains: the security domain, the universe domain, and the document domain.
Question.16 What are the different @ Functions?           
Answer: @Aggregate_Aware
Question.17 What is Universe?
Answer: A universe is a set of classes and objects intended for a specific application or group of users.
Question.18 What is a Chasm trap?
Answer: Many to one joins from two fact tables converge on a single lookup table. This type of join convergence is called a Chasm trap.
Question.19 What are the standard mode and extended mode and secured mode?  
Answer: Standard mode – able to access users only within that group
Extended mode – to allow the group supervisors access to users outside their own group(s) so that they can add or remove users to their own groups, then you can do so by setting Scope Management to Extended Mode.
Secured mode – restrict the access of specific users to specific commands. the general supervisor by default uses the Secured mode of operation.