Effects of deleting global data

Caution: Deleting global data fields can impact the entire deployment.

Global data fields are available to all projects. To maintain consistency across projects, global data fields are centrally defined in the design center. Therefore, when you delete global data, you affect all areas of the deployment that used it.

The following table shows the effects of deleting global data.
Global data Effect
A data field The data field and its user-entered data values are deleted from the projects and the reports they are in, which may lead to unexpected results. Review any projects, templates, and reports that may be affected.
A list value from a data list field Any data field that had the deleted list value selected will have the default list value selected instead, which may lead to unexpected results. Review any projects, templates, and reports that may be affected.
A category or a data table The category or the data table, and all of its data fields are deleted from the projects and the reports they are in, which may lead to unexpected results. Review any projects, templates, and reports that may be affected.

Example of deleting a global data list field

Your company is divided into three business units, so you use a global list field called Business Unit, which has the following list values: Automotive, Healthcare, and Aerospace. The company decides to stop tracking projects by business unit, so you are asked to delete the data field. When you delete a global list field, it can affect projects and reports in the following ways:
  • If you delete Business Unit, then the Business Unit data field will be broken in any projects and templates it appears in.
  • Any dashboard report that used Business Unit in filters, summaries, or column sets could be affected in any of the following ways:
    How the list field is used The effect of deleting it
    A dynamic filter The dynamic filter is deleted
    Criteria in a static filter The criteria is deleted from the filter
    The only criterion in a static filter The static filter is deleted
    A grouping variable in a summary The variable is removed from the summary, which could affect charts and targets
    A subset in a summary The list field is removed from the subset
    A column in a column set The column is removed from the column set
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