Argos Glossary Of Terms

Looking to find out what a word means in relation to Argos?  Have a look at the glossary to help.

 Term              Related To:  Definition
 Administrator                      Argos The Administrator will be involved with installing and managing the Argos system and security
 ARGOS Argos Ad-Hoc Report Generation and Output Solution. Evision's third party software that is able to create user reports from relational databases.
 Banded Report Argos A banded report is also based on a Report Datablock. The report creator has control over what fields will be displayed, as well as how they are displayed. Using the Banded Report, the end user can organize the data into logical banded areas. The final output can be printed or saved in some other format
 Banner   An administrative suite of student and financial aid systems applications on a single database.
 CSV Argos Comma Separated Value. CSV is a normal format for files as they are downloaded or exported from an application. A CSV file can be opened and manipulated in common tools like Microsoft Excel.
 CSV Report Argos A CSV Report is based on a Report Datablock. Here, the report creator has more control over what fields will be displayed (and how), and may add fields. The selected data will be extracted in a form usable by other applications
 Database Argos A database is a collection of data that is organized so that its contents can easily be accessed, managed and updated.
 DataBlock Argos The foundation of reports within Argos, datablocks are essentially queries that are developed by power users which pull information from the database. Both end users and power users make use of datablocks when developing reports.
 End User Argos The end user will be using Argos to create and run reports. In all aspects of developing Argos, their needs were number one. Argos allows end users to access information without having to involve the IT staff.
Evisions Argos Company that created Argos.
Explorer Tree Argos Located on the Argos desktop. The explorer tree is comprised of Folders, Datablocks and reports. The folders can be named to organize your work.
Instance Banner            An instance, as defined by Oracle, is made up of the system global area ( SGA ), background processes and database files on disk. From an end user perspective the user should think of an instance as a database that the user can interact. For example the PROD instance (database) which identifies the production database and the PPRD instance which identifies the quality assurance database.
Metadata Databases                Data about data. Such as: Tables about tables in the database, their names, sizes and number of rows in each table. Tables of columns in each database, what tables they are used in, and the type of data stored in each column.
Normalized Databases In relational databases, normalization is a process that eliminates redundancy, organizes the data efficiently, reduces the potential for anomalies during data operations and improves data consistency. Data is spread out logically into many tables
Parameter Form Argos DataBlocks The parameter form has two functions. First it is used to have the user executing the report a chance to enter or choose from a list, certain parameters that will be used to filter the data displayed in the report. Secondly, the parameter form can be used to display the final results of the report
Power User Argos The power user will be building the foundation from which the end user can create and run reports. Using query skills, power users can quickly build usable datablocks
Query Design Form Argos DataBlocks                 The second part of building a datablock is the Query Design. This is where the developer creates the main SQL statement for pulling back data from the data source based on the choices the end user has made on the parameter form. From an end user point of view, they only see the Parameter form as designed, and the results from the query on the query design, if present.
Quick launch tab Argos This is used for short cuts to easily access reports. Users can click on the "locate" button from the quick launch tab to find where the report exists within their organizational tree.
Quick View Report Argos A Quick View Report is based off of a QuickView Datablock. Although the user can save the returned data, the power of a QuickView Report is that the user can quickly and easily retrieve/view the data with a minimum of trouble. This really is "Information Access."
Relational database Banner A database consisting of more than one table. In a multi-table database, you not only need to have knowledge of the structure of each table, you also need to have knowledge of the relationships between each table in order to link those tables correctly
SQL Argos Often pronounced "Sequel", SQL stands for structured query language. It is used to manipulate data in a database.
Table Banner The object within the database where data is stored in a row and column format
View Banner A logical representation of information in the database. It is often used to remove database complexity and restrict access to information that is stored in the database.