Creating Characteristic Value and Text Variables

Objectives
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Create a query with characteristic value variables and text variables

Characteristic Value Variables

When selecting characteristic values in the query definition, you can select variables instead of fixed values. Variables act as placeholders and are filled with values when you execute the query. You can use variables to select single values, value ranges, or combinations of these.

Usage Options for Characteristic Value Variables

  • Fixed Filter values

  • Default Filter values

  • Restricted key figures

  • Selections without key figures (within Characteristic Structures)

Text Variables

Text variables are used when any description used in a query should be dynamic. For example, if your restricted key figure is defined as the quantity sold in Austria for 2023, then it would be helpful if the description of the column in the result would include the country and the year. In this case, the description would then be Quantity Sold in Austria during 2023.. If you didn't use text variables then the description would simply be Quantity Sold, which is certainly not helpful to the report consumer.

You can use text variables in query descriptions, calculated and restricted key figures, and structural components.

Text variables can be processed by the replacement path method so that they are replaced with a value from a corresponding characteristic or from a different variable at run-time. The replacement value can be determined from the Name (for example Dec 2023), from the External Key (for example, 12.2023), or from the Key (for example, 202312). Additionally, you can define an offset start and offset length for the text.

Characteristic Value Variables and Text Variables

In the following videos, we increase the flexibility of Queries by using Characteristic Value Variables and Text Variables.

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