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Like any SAP solution, the Nakisa solutions have a variety of specific terminology that is banded about in the public domain or when working directly with the solution experts or Nakisa themselves. Nakisa and SAP’s marketing folks have also created their own terminology for the Nakisa solutions.

In this blog I have attempted to cover a number of key terms and definitions used in the Nakisa world. No doubt I will have missed a few, so feel free to suggest anything I may have forgotten to add. Some terminology has been missed intentionally, like non-Nakisa specific terminology or abbreviations not used by Nakisa or SAP. I’ve also tried to pick the most important or widely-used terms to keep the list readable in one go.

Suite Abbreviations

Term

Definition

VSN

Visualization Solutions by Nakisa

SOVN

SAP Organizational Visualization by Nakisa

STVN

SAP Talent Visualization by Nakisa

SP

Service Pack

CDS

Corporate Directory Services – the original name for Nakisa’s solutions

Architectural

Term

Definition

Authentication

Authenticate the user against an authentication source

Authorization

Allow the user to access different functionality, depending on their application role

Concurrent sessions

the number of sessions that are open at the same time

Concurrent users

The number of users who may access the system at the same time

Custom RFC

Functionality to use SAP function modules to retrieve data from SAP

Extractor

Nakisa’s extract tool to retrieve data from SAP and write to a Staging database

Hybrid

A combination of Live (structure & data) and Staged (analytics)

Live

Retrieving/writing data live from/to SAP

NakisaRFC

Nakisa’s customizable Live SAP data extractor

Role-based security

Application roles provide the user with the ability to access restricted functionality, such as a search listing or view

Single Sign-on (SSO)

Authentication method used for integrating VSN solutions into the NetWeaver Enterprise Portal, authenticating the user using their login credentials from the MYSAPSSO2 ticket

Staged

Using a database as the data source

Writeback

Wiring data back to the SAP system

Application Specific Features & Functionality

Term

Definition

AdminConsole

The Administrator Console used to configure Nakisa’s applications

Build

The delivery of an entire application or A set of configuration

Cds.log

Log file where information, warnings and errors are logged by the application

Chartbook

A booklet that shows an orgchart over a number of pages

Connection string

A string to specify the connection to a data source

Details Panel

Panel of details about a selected object

Direct count

Analytic counts for a single OrgUnit

Directory

Asearch listing that also displays details of a selected object simultaneously

Flex

Adobe Flex module – used for rendering sexy-looking graphics using Adobe Flash Player

HCMD

HCM Dashboard – the old name for TalentDashboard

Hierarchy

A set of same-type objects that form a basic structure or part of a structure when linked to another hierarchy

Indirect count

Analytic counts for an OrgUnit and its child OrgUnit’s

Node

A box that represents an object, such as an OrgUnit or Position

Orgchart

A object-orientated chart of objects from a number of hierarchies linked together by relationships

Profile

“Flat” details panel designed to be printed or exported

Publish

Moving a build’s configuration files to the runtime folders so that the configuration is the “active” configuration used

Scenario

A “what-if” situation created in OrgModeler to help manage organizational changes

Scenario module

Where OrgModeler scenarios are managed

Search Listing

Facility to search for objects of a given type by certain criteria

Selected Items

The panel that displays flagged orgchart boxes in the orgchart or selected listing records in searches

Silo

A function that displays an orgchart from the selected object up to the top object in a direct line

SocialLink

OrgChart module that allows users to maintain their own profile in a similar way to the SAP Talent Profile for Employees

Style

The layout of the nodes

Subcategory

A grouping of similar employees or positions that can be displayed in one org chart box

Task

A pop-up window in which the user performs an activity to add, modify or delete (delimit) data

View

A selection of information/images/icons shown in the nodes for a particular object

Wizard

A step-by-step, option-based method of performing bulk tasks quickly and easily

Security

Term

Definition

Attribute scope

A method of defining the scope of security using only the values of attributes in the target object

Derives and below

A type of dynamic security where the user can see information for their OrgUnit (OrgUnit, positions and/or employees) and for child OrgUnit’s (e.g. a departmental manager)

Dynamic Filters

Allows the entire orgchart above the user who is logged in to be blocked

Dynamic Security

A type of security that allows access to features or data depending on specific conditions (e.g. a manager seeing restricted data for their employees)

Hierarchy Scope

Allows specific data for the orgchart to be blocked, depending on the user logged into the system

Keyword

Used for a dynamic security role to recognize that security rules should be applied

Restricted data

Sensitive data that has been restricted to a security role (so it is not available to all end-users)

Role-based security

Use of application roles to secure data and/or functionality, rather than or in addition to SAP-based authorization(s)

Role mapping

Mapping an SAP role to an application role so that a user can be mapped to a role during authentication

Scope

The range of conditions to which security applies

Security Role

An application role that allows the user to see particular data and/or have access to certain functionality

Self and Below

A type of dynamic security where the user can see information for themselves and for those below them only (e.g. direct reports)

Start from Self / One Level Above

A type of dynamic security where the user can see information for themselves, for those below them only (e.g. direct reports) and for their manager

Static Security

A type of security that allows all users of a security role “all or nothing” access to functionality or data

Customization and configuration files

Term

Definition

Data element

Defines the data source for a set of fields

Detail

Represents various sections throughout the application, such as data sections on a details panel or a view detail configuration

Detail data

Detail data contain the data definitions (fieldsets) used by sections of a detail and are linked to a single data element

Details presentation

Layout of the details panels and, prior to 3.0 SP1, views

Directory

Master configuration for search listings

Hierarchy

Each level of objects in an orgchart (e.g. OrgUnits, Positions, Employees etc)

Link

Link between details panels and other objects (tasks, orgcharts etc)

Listing

The display and sort fields of a search listing

Module

The main modules in each application (e.g. directory, orgchart or myreports)

Search control

The search fields (including Advanced search) of a search listing

Selection value set

Source of values for drop-down lists

Selector

A directory for selecting objects (like the OrgUnit selector used when creating an OrgModeler scenario)

Theme

Application themes available

Validation

Validations for input fields (e.g. number, dates and names)

Associated Terminology

Term

Definition

JVM

Java Virtual Machine

J2EE

Java Platform, Enterprise Edition

NWCE / CE

NetWeaver Composition Environment

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    1. Luke Marson Post author

      Thanks Andy. I really appreciate the comments. I’ve got another 10 to 15 blog drafts I aim to finish over the latter part of this year so hopefully they will remain at the standards you are expecting! 🙂

      Best regards,

      Luke

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