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Build a Business View

The last step in creating a business domain is building your business view. A Business View is a collection of business categories that represents the "view" of your model, typically consumed by your end users. Each model can have one and only one business view. Business views are made up of logically (logically relevant to your organization or end-users) organized business categories and business columns.

A business category is like a bucket where you group and re-group your business columns. Business categories can mimic your business table names or be named after your favorite rock stars. Categories do not have metadata associated with them, have no tie back to any business table (although the Editor Graph gives you the impression this relationship exists; don't be fooled), and have the simple purpose of allowing you to bucket the business columns in your model as intuitively as possibly for your data consumers.

Building a business view consists of creating your categories, then moving your business columns from the business tables into the categories. You can move columns from different business tables into the same category, and even duplicate the same business column into two different categories.

The Editor Graph represents the business tables portion of the business model only, so you'll use the navigation pane and the Category Editor to create a business view.

To create a new category using the navigation pane, first make sure that the model you want to add this category to is selected, and the Business View node is visible.

  1. In the navigation pane, right-click Business View.
  2. Select New Category. The Business Category Properties dialog box appears.
  3. Type a name for the category in the ID field.
  4. Click OK.