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Modifying projects using Architect

After creating your project, modifications to schema objects can be completed in separate editors including the Fact Editor, Attribute Editor, Hierarchy Editor, and so on. These editors provide all of the simple and advanced schema object features, allowing you to create and modify schema objects one-by-one.

Architect provides a single integrated environment in which you can make project-wide changes as well as create or modify individual schema objects. Rather than creating or modifying schema objects one-by-one, you can create and modify multiple schema objects for your project. Architect also allows you to add tables to your project and create or modify attributes, facts, and user hierarchies all from the same interface.

Modifying your project using Architect also allows you to lock the schema of your project, preventing users from encountering reporting issues or returning outdated data during periods of scheduled project maintenance.

When opening a project with Architect, basic information is loaded for all the objects in a project. These objects include attributes, facts, tables, and so on. Once the project is open and accessible in Architect, additional information for the objects are loaded incrementally as well as on an as-needed basis. This allows Architect to load projects faster than if all information for a project was loaded when first opening the project in Architect.

The procedure below provides steps to modify a project using Architect.


A project has been created.

To modify a project using Architect

1 In MicroStrategy Developer, log in to a project.
2 From the Schema menu, select Architect.
3 If a message is displayed asking if you want to open Architect in read only mode or edit mode, select Edit and click OK to open Architect in edit mode so that you can make changes to the project. MicroStrategy Architect opens.
If you are only given the option of opening Architect in read only mode, this means another user is modifying the project’s schema. You cannot open Architect in edit mode until the other user is finished with their changes and the schema is unlocked.
For information on how you can use read only mode and edit mode for various schema editors, see Using read only or edit mode for schema editors.
4 From the Architect Button, select Settings. The MicroStrategy Architect Settings dialog box opens.
5 Define the various options for how Architect displays data, automatically creates and maps schema objects, loads the Warehouse Catalog, and updates the project’s schema.

Reviewing and defining these Architect options before using Architect can save you a lot of time when creating and modifying projects. For information on all the options available, see Creating and modifying projects.

6 Click OK to return to Architect. You can now begin to add or remove tables to your project and create and modify attributes, facts, user hierarchies, and so on:
Adding, removing, and administering tables
Creating and modifying facts
Creating and modifying attributes
Defining attribute relationships
Creating and modifying user hierarchies