Virtual Report Suites, Data Views, AEP Sandboxes and the Analytics Source Connector
Adobe provides a variety of means to create virtual reporting environments and sandbox environments. It is useful to understand the similarities and differences between the following features and how these features relate to the Analytics Source Connector:
Can be applied to both historical and new data in a non-destructive manner.
Allows you to create one or many virtual views on top of a CJA connection, for use by different business teams.
May be used to control access to and curate different kinds of data for different users in CJA.
Provides powerful non-destructive options for transforming and enhancing data coming into CJA through a CJA connection.
Is based on the report-time processing capabilities of CJA.
Allows users to create a custom definition for “session.”
Is applied at report runtime, similar to a filter evaluation. This is after the Source Connector (Adobe Analytics or other) has written data to a dataset in the AEP data lake, and after the data has been ingested into CJA via a CJA connection.
Allows for an unlimited number of variables, although curation can limit which variables are exposed to users
Allows for custom naming of Event, Session & Person containers.
Supports custom calendar options.
A data view does not:
Directly provide a means for combining report suites or other datasets. Instead, datasets are combined with in a CJA connection. The combined data from the CJA connection is available for use in all data views based on that connection.
Provides a means to partition a single AEP instance into separate virtual environments (dev, test, stage, production, etc.) to help develop and evolve digital experience applications.
Can be thought of as a container which holds all the data and applications for a given environment.
An AEP sandbox does not:
Provide similar functions as virtual report suites, CJA connections or data views.
On its own combine report suites with or without other datasets. However, the datasets within a sandbox can be combined within a CJA connection.
Data from different sandboxes cannot be combined within CJA.
The Analytics Source connector sends report suite data into a specific sandbox. Each report suite may be configured as a source for a single sandbox. See the Analytics Source Connector documentation for more details.