Virtual Report Suites, Data Views, Adobe Experience Platform 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 based on Customer Journey Analytics filters.
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 Customer Journey Analytics connection, for use by different business teams.
May be used to control access to and curate different kinds of data for different users in Customer Journey Analytics.
Provides powerful non-destructive options for transforming and enhancing data coming into Customer Journey Analytics through a Customer Journey Analytics connection.
Is based on the report-time processing capabilities of Customer Journey Analytics.
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 Adobe Experience Platform data lake, and after the data has been ingested into Customer Journey Analytics via a Customer Journey Analytics 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 Customer Journey Analytics connection. The combined data from the Customer Journey Analytics connection is available for use in all data views based on that connection.
Provides a means to partition a single Adobe Experience Platform 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 Adobe Experience Platform sandbox does not:
Provide similar functions as virtual report suites, Customer Journey Analytics 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 Customer Journey Analytics connection.
Data from different sandboxes cannot be combined within Customer Journey Analytics.
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.