Basic Questions on BOBJ inrelation with BI

Hi,
I am working in SAP BI 2004s. I have few basic questions on BOBJ.
1. What is Rapid Mart? Is it an ETL tool? If so is it set to replace existing BI extractors from ECC (R3)?
2. when data is extracted thru Bussiness Obejcts rapid mart where the data will be stored? BI Info Cubes? or any data ware house tables?.
3. If stored in BI InfoCubes, should universe to be created for the cubes? if so, each dimesnion will be treated like a table to create joins?
4. Can I automate the result of WebI downloaded to excel to Excelcius Dashboard with any manual steps involved? in otherwords Xcelcius shows the chart or dashboard out of the WebI query result.
( I am trying to see how all these products work. In 2004s I use WAD and call individual queries to generate a dashboard)
Thanks,
Alex.

Hi,
1. What is Rapid Mart? Is it an ETL tool? If so is it set to replace existing BI extractors from ECC (R3)?
A Rapid MArt is a pre-designed set of database schemas, universes and reports from BusinessObjects. Available for SAP ERP as well. Details can be found here : http://www.sap.com/solutions/sapbusinessobjects/large/intelligenceplatform/im/data-integration/rapidmarts/index.epx
2. when data is extracted thru Bussiness Obejcts rapid mart where the data will be stored? BI Info Cubes? or any data ware house tables?.
When it is a Rapid Mart then it is a relational database but the tool - Data Services - can also load to other targets like BW.
3. If stored in BI InfoCubes, should universe to be created for the cubes? if so, each dimesnion will be treated like a table to create joins?
You can create multi dimensional universes and relational universes on top of BW. Depends on your goal really.
4. Can I automate the result of WebI downloaded to excel to Excelcius Dashboard with any manual steps involved? in otherwords Xcelcius shows the chart or dashboard out of the WebI query result.
( I am trying to see how all these products work. In 2004s I use WAD and call individual queries to generate a dashboard)
Yes - possible.
perhaps you can provide  a little bit more on what you trying to achieve and then I can point you to more specific information.
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