You use this function to reuse target group hierarchies the structure or inner composition of which remains unchanged over a longer period within several surveys. For example, this enables you to repeat surveys in a desired frequency with minimum administrative effort in order to analyze changes in answer behavior over time. Another use can be that you want to execute several surveys in parallel that only differ in a few details.
Possible implementation areas are, for example, customer or employee satisfaction surveys, questions about the qualification profile of employees. Particularly with long-term examinations it is important that the survey instruments over the complete examination period are kept as constant as possible to achieve the desired comparability of the results. This aim is promoted with the reuse of existing objects.
Target group hierarchies are independent objects that the system manages independent of the survey in the context of which you have created them. Therefore, they are available for reuse in any surveys of the Web Survey.
You must have assigned at least one application library to the survey in order to transfer a target group hierarchy according to the Import from Application procedure.
A target group hierarchy that you edit in the Survey Cockpit is included in the system-wide list of existing target group hierarchies from the first saving and can be assigned to any surveys from this point on.
Depending on which way a target group hierarchy was created, its specific composition can either be static or be determined dynamically:
You should be clear about these different hierarchy variants and the consequences linked with them if you plan to reuse an existing target group hierarchy in a new survey.
The system offers the following possibilities to reuse an existing target group hierarchy:
Within the context of Strategic Enterprise Management – Business Planning and Simulation (SEM-BPS), the mySAP Financials solution contains an application library with which the cost center manager determines the organizational structure and which can be transferred as a target group hierarchy. At the same time this application library offers an example for a dynamic target group hierarchy that is automatically updated to the latest status of the organizational structure it is based on.
The system proceeds with the reuse of target group hierarchies so that the hierarchy of the current survey is generated as a copy of another hierarchy that is used here as a template. This means that independent new objects are formed with the reuse of a hierarchy. Therefore, changes to a target group hierarchy are only effective in the survey in which you make the changes.
The Overview of Surveys screen appears.
The Change Survey: <Name of Survey> screen appears.
The system swaps the target group hierarchy of the current survey for the desired one.
The previous target group hierarchy of a survey is lost irrevocably when you transfer another target group hierarchy. If you need the previous hierarchy later then export it into an XML file (Extras ® Target Group Hierarchy ® Export into File).
The system writes the necessary data for the target group hierarchy in the XML file or the transport request.