Add, delete, or modify a model property

A model property specifies an attribute of a model. The property might be an overall model characteristic, such as whether the model accepts input data. Alternatively, the property might be a specific item of information for a process, such as which account dimension member should be used to record intercompany eliminations. Frequently, a model property specifies an important configuration setting, or specifies values that might be used throughout the model.

PerformancePoint Planning Business Modeler predefines some model properties for every model and predefines other properties only for particular types of model. For example, all models have the Enable offline cube property, which indicates whether users can download assignments and work offline. However, only financial models contain a Default Currency property that specifies which currency Planning Business Modeler uses for conversion.

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Add a model property

Modify a model property

Delete a model property

Add a model property

You can add a custom model property to fit your situation. For example, you might want to add a property that lets you specify a budget growth rate that can be used throughout the model. Alternatively, you might add a model property that enables you to configure the Scenario for a business rule with a parameter.

After you add the property, it can be called by any business rule, and you can change its value as you would any other model property.

To add a model property:

  1. Click Models in the Workspace Browser pane of your application, and then double-click the model for which you want to add the property.

  2. When the model opens, click the Model Properties tab.

  3. In the Model Tasks pane, click Check Out.

  4. Click the Add Model Property button to open the Add a Model Property dialog box.

  5. In the Label field, type a label for the model property. For information about the restrictions on names and labels, see About names and labels

  6. (Optional) In the Description field, type a description of the model property, up to 512 characters.

  7. In the Data Type list, select a data type for your property.

    1. If you selected one of Decimal (real), Text (string), True/False (Boolean), or Whole (integer), type a value in the Value box.

    2. If you selected Member of Dimension or Members of Dimension, take the following steps:

      1. Select an alias from the Dimension Alias drop-down list.

      2. Click the ellipsis button (…) to select a member from the Member drop-down list, or select the Set value to null check box.

      3. In the Add or Remove Members dialog box, click a member name check box and then click OK.

  8. Click OK to finish creating the property.

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Modify a model property

Although you can always change the description of a model property, you cannot always modify the other fields; it depends on the data type that was assigned to the property when it was created. The following table shows the fields that can be modified for particular data types.

Property data type

Modifiable fields

Decimal (real)

Value

Text (string)

Value

True/False (Boolean)

Value

Whole (integer)

Value

Member of Dimension

Member

Members of Dimension

Members

To change a model property:

  1. Click Models in the Workspace Browser pane of your application, and then double-click the model whose property you want to change.

  2. When the model opens, click the Model Properties tab.

  3. In the Model Tasks pane, click Check Out.

  4. In the Model Properties table, click the property that you want to change.

  5. Click the Edit Model Property button to open the Edit Model Property dialog box, and then use one or more of the following methods to change the property fields:

    • (Optional) To change the description of the property, type the changes you want in the Description field.

    • (Optional) To change the value of a numeric or string property, type the changes you want in the Value field.

    • (Optional) To change the name of a dimension member, type the changes you want in the Member field.

    • (Optional) To change one or more dimension member names in a multi-member field, type the changes you want in the Members field.

  6. When you finish making your changes, click OK.

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Delete a model property

To delete a model property:

  1. Click Models in the Workspace Browser pane of your application, and then double-click the model whose property you want to delete.

  2. When the model opens, click the Model Properties tab.

  3. In the Model Tasks pane, click Check Out.

  4. In the Model Properties table, click the property that you want to delete.

  5. Click the Delete Model Property button. The Delete Model Property warning appears.

  6. Click Yes to delete the model property.

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