1.4 Universe

Universes are patented Business Objects technology. They act as a semantic layer between the user and a database. A universe is a file that contains the following:

Web Intelligence users connect to a universe, and run queries against a database. They can perform data analysis and create reports by using the objects in a universe, without seeing, or needing to know anything about, the underlying table schemas in the database.

A universe provides an interface for Web Intelligence users to run queries against a database so as to create reports and perform data analysis.