Objects and object relations
An entity describes an object in the real world. In open bi, the "base entity" forms a "blueprint" for this object. Each base entity has certain properties, such as a name and a price. These properties are called "attributes" of the base entity.
In open bi there are system attributes that are already contained in each base entity. These include name, short description, creation date and modification date. All other attributes can be selected by the user for each new base entity. The attributes can also have different data types. Data types are, for example, continuous text, number, date or even a base entity. Relations between entities can be implemented via the base entity.
open bi also delivers system base entities. These are, for example, "country" (with information, i.e. attributes, such as "currency" or "language") and other industry-specific ones, such as "active ingredients" of the medicine or "building materials" of the construction industry. These can be accessed within the framework of your web project, which reduces your own data maintenance effort and helps you reach your goal more quickly.
The data structures can be created intuitively via the graphical user interface of the open bi configurator. The actual data, i.e. entities, can then be entered manually or uploaded via an Excel file. But they can also be read out or written back programmatically, for example in connection with the open bi CMS.