There are two types of characteristic attribute:
It can prove useful to group certain characteristics. Examples are the summarization of products to product groups and divisions or the summarization of cost centers to departments and areas. Including additional information about a characteristic such as the product group for the product is managed with the help of characteristic attributes. You can create other EIS-generated characteristics for this purpose and store them as attributes.
The navigation attributes are treated in the same way as the character- istics of the aspect. As with other characteristics, you can carry out navigation functions with an attribute.
The advantage of such characteristic attributes is that the information is stored in the master data rather than in the transaction data. So, if you want to carry out a reorganization of your company at a later date, the changes have an immediate effect in the report without a database conversion.
You can add or change attributes to a characteristic at any time. However, before you can delete an attribute, you must ensure that it is no longer used in the aspect. When deleting an attribute, note that at once you can no longer evaluate the additional information.
Creating navigation attributes
You get to the attributes for a characteristic by selecting 'Goto -> Attributes' with the maintenance of the characteristic. If attributes have already been created then they are listed on this screen. In order to create a new attribute choose 'Attributes -> Create'. Select an existing EIS-generated characteristic and highlight the field "Transfer as characteristic from field catalog". The new attribute appears in the list and can be directly maintained there. In "Meaning navigation" enter a text that should be displayed in the report. The text does not have to agree with the text of the underlying characteristic. This is because you may have already created a characteristic with the same text and you must differentiate between the two in the report, e.g. 'Product group' and 'Product group for product'.
Save your new attribute. If you have created all of the attributes, activate the characteristics.
As soon as you assign a characteristic, to which an attribute is assigned, to an aspect then the attribute is automatically assigned to the aspect. When saving the aspect a report structure is created for the aspect called 'IF<Aspect number>', e.g. IF001. This table contains the attributes for the aspect.
When inserting attributes after the activation of the aspect, you must save the aspect again after the maintenance of the attributes and then activate. This is to include the new attributes in the report structure.
Attributes for currency unit field
in addition to the navigation attributes, you can define a currency or unit field as attribute for a characteristic. It serves as a character- istic specific reference field for the currency or unit of measure of a key figure and is stored in the check table for the characteristic for this purpose. These attributes are always the same and cannot be maintained. Also, they cannot be evaluated in reporting.
Create attributes for currency or unit field
You create these attributes with the maintenance of the characteristic under 'Goto-> Attributes'. Select "Define currency field" or "Define unit field". The attribute appears in the list.