The characteristics that you choose here determine how the summarization levels summarizes and stores the data. You can summarize the data across all the values of some characteristics, while breaking it down by values for others in order to allow more detailed analysis.
The more characteristics you summarize, the more the data is compressed and consequently the more limited in use the level is.
You have three options for each characteristic:
Some characteristics are automatically filled with "*" (period, fiscal year, plan/actual indicator, version and record type). These characteristics must be included in every summarization level.
Instead of "*", you can also enter a fixed value for these characteristics. If you try to delete the entry in one of these fields, the system displays an error message.
There is one exception to this rule in Profitability Analysis: If you are using the alternative period type for your operating concern, the characteristic "Alternative period type" also appears in the field list. In this case, you have three possible combinations for the three characteristics of time:
Each summarization level automatically contains the fixed characteristics "Fiscal year", "Period", "Value type" and "Version". The fiscal year and period are unspecified characteristics. For the value type, however, you must specify either a fixed value or enter "*". You also must specify a value for the version.