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The why and how of universe optimisation

Performance isn’t the only thing that suffers as a result of poor universe optimization and design. So too does ease of use, and in the worse cases incorrect results are returned.

I’ve seen so many poorly designed universes and most customers are blissfully unaware of the dramatic and negative impact it has. They are also unaware, that in many cases, it doesn’t take much to fix. This was one of the reasons why I’ve developed a web based training course that Enterprise Support customers can attend for free. The course allows attendees to fix all these issues!

The web based course is an ‘Expert Guided Implementation’ called ‘Universe Optimization and Best Practice’ and is designed for customers on XI3 and BI4 using ‘relational’ universes. It provides those that attend:

  • An understanding what good universe best practice is.
  • An easy means to check if their universes will always return correct results or not!
  • All the information and assistance to make changes to their universe to
    • guarantee correct results every time
    • improve performance by just pressing a few buttons

Those that have previously attended this free course rate it very highly with the average rating of 9 out of 10 for “I would recommend this EGI to others”. One customer said “I have been designing universes for more than 5 years and I still learnt some great tips.” Some customers have seen dramatic performance improvements having followed the course, for example a 20 minute query now taking just 3 minutes!

If you’re an Enterprise Support customer with ‘relational’ universes then I can’t recommend this course enough. Get all your universe designers on it. The next course runs in the EMEA timezone on 11th September. Just register at and for information on the course see

For more information on Expert Guided Implementation’s see

If you’ve attended this course what improvements did you see?

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      Former Member

      Could it be that there's something wrong with the EGI's course description? On the page where you can subscribe to the course, it says:

      This Expert Guided Implementation enables you to quickly set up your

      enterprise structure-in a matter of a few hours-to run basic procurement

      and sales processes with correct calculation of Excise and VAT, as

      relevant for India.

      In this session, you will learn how to set up TAXINN tax procedure in

      procurement and tax conditions in SD, with respect to indirect taxes.

      You will learn valuable tips and tricks on realizing Indian indirect

      taxes and actually implement a 'legal change' in your system.

      This session is relevant to you, if you are liable for indirect taxation

      in India or if you’re planning to set up operations in India.

      Doesn't seem quite right...



      Author's profile photo Matthew Shaw
      Matthew Shaw
      Blog Post Author

      Many thanks for the comment. Gosh this is confusing! I've double checked the link. The link is fine, however its just very confusing as the text on the registration page is misleading and very wrong!  Please be assured this is the right link. The only way to confirm is that at the top of the 'details' section it says "SAP EGI Relational Universe Optimization"

      I'll request for someone to fix this rather urgently.

      Any problems please comment again

      Thank you and sorry


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      Former Member

      Dear Matthew , is there any link for recorded lectures or sessions?

      Author's profile photo Matthew Shaw
      Matthew Shaw
      Blog Post Author

      Hello Karrar,

      There's no recording of these sessions and they are not run anymore. Regards, Matthew

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      If you have any material for universe design best practices please share it.