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February 1, 2010
.......... 4.............................. ...................................................................... 9 Capability # 7: Ability to split the data conditionally and unconditionally into different datasets .... 8 Capability # 5: Ability to efficiently create reports in different languages including bidirectional languages ... 17 Page 2 of 17 ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 5 Capability # 2: Ability to develop and maintain reports efficiently. 9 Capability # 8: Ability to be integrated easily with the source system E-Business Suite .......................A Case Study on Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher Table of Contents 1.............................. ...................... 2................................ 3 BUSINESS CHALLENGE....................................................... 15 LIMITATIONS ...................................................................................... 16 CONCLUSION ....... 3 KEY CAPABILITIES ..................... 9 Capability # 6: Ability to access data from multiple data sources including web services and OLAP cubes................ independent of the layout changes........................ INTRODUCTION................ ............ 12 IMPLEMENTATION CRITERIA........................................ BIP V/S OTHER REPORTING TOOLS ............................................................................................................................................. 11 5.................................................... 3........................ 10 Capability # 9: Ability to secure reports using predefined roles ....................... 6................................. 8.................................................... 7...................... 4 CAPABILITIES & BI PUBLISHER .......................................... 4 Capability # 1: Ability to create highly formatted reports in an efficient way.......... 6 Capability # 3: Ability to be used by resources/staff with minimum training and skills................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 7 Capability # 4: Ability to deliver reports to multiple delivery channels on a schedule basis................... using common desktop tools ..............
flat files etc. Over the years. Page 3 of 17 . easy access to actionable information. But with the increase in the complexity of requirement. Support for limited data sources only like relations databases. enabling companies to have more insight into their business than ever before. based on a variety of data sources. analyze and optimize business operations to reduce costs and increase revenues. Today. enabling end users to go from standard reporting to dashboard overviews to deep interactive analysis. The mix of enterprise reporting with business intelligence made possible to acquire true competitive advantage from obtaining and sharing business information. business success is realized through rapid. Business intelligence applications have made an impact on organizations around the world. Business Challenge A large scale manufacturing company operating at different geographies uses Oracle EBS for purchase and procurement and oracle reports for financial and operational reporting. Introduction A business intelligence (BI) system is a key component of a company’s IT framework. High development costs. reporting requirements have moved up from being a rudimentary listing of records to progressively more complex reports and analysis. It is the component that enables business users to report on.A Case Study on Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher 1. The formatting and layouts may vanish once the document is printed since the printer is unable to recognize the character sets used in the document. Reports which are formatted using third party formatting tools loose some part of the formatting upon printing/emailing/faxing. The region currently uses a third party tool for report layout and format generation and pays a substantial amount as license fee for the tool. Limited document formats supported. There is also a scarcity in the IT staff who are skilled in the particular tool. Business users are not empowered to create their own look and feel for the reports due to the non-user friendly interfaces. No easy means of creating and maintaining translated copies of the document. Limited support for event driven report scheduling. Any change in the report query requires the updation of all the copies. The Eastern European region has to create multiple copies of the reports in different Slavic languages since the suppliers insist on having the invoices and credit notes in their respective languages. any reporting and BI toolset should be able to span a wide range of reporting and business analysis needs. some common reporting challenges encountered in the business intelligence arena are: Complicated report development tools require highly skilled staff or extensive tool training. 2. The individual regions face the following difficulties with the existing reporting system: The region of United Kingdom is unable to present the balance sheet at their annual shareholders’ meeting as the report does not meet the government specifications for layouts and formats. To sum up. the challenges associated with reporting also have grown multifold. A change as small as moving the address a few millimeters to the right because of the introduction of a new office stationary. can disturb the elaborate formatting and layout of a report achieved as a result of long development cycles. multiple media formats and varied business user requirements. With BI.
credit notes. debit notes. The regions also want to include their forecasting and budgeting data from Hyperion system in the year-end reports. the key capabilities required of the reporting system that should replace the existing system are identified as: Ability to create highly formatted reports in an efficient way. common tools Ability to deliver reports to multiple delivery channels on a schedule basis. The regions would also like to do away with the process of manual calculation of withholding taxes which is done currently by obtaining the tax rates and rules published in the government websites. The regions would like to implement a security setup that allows the discreet use of reports and report contents. Some regions want to adopt the Japanese region’s practice of differentiating among invoices. and how BI Publisher features can address them: Page 4 of 17 . Key Capabilities After analyzing the problem statement. 3.A Case Study on Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher The newly opened delivery center in Middle-East also faces the problem of generating documents in the bidirectional Arabic language as required by some vendors. Ability to develop layouts without specialized third-party software but using easy-to-learn. but currently this comparison is done by comparing reports against the excel sheets where Hyperion data is downloaded. Capabilities & BI Publisher Let us now look at the above identified capabilities in detail. but is facing the challenge of the overhead involved in creating the layouts and integrating them with the data set along with the lack of skilled IT staff required for the report format generation. Ability to split the data conditionally and unconditionally into different datasets Ability to be integrated easily with the source system E-Business Suite Ability to secure reports using predefined roles 4. The preference is to reuse the existing roles and responsibilities assigned to the users in the E-business Suite for the reporting system as well. A common cry from all the regions is the ability to automate the emailing or faxing of documents and reminders to the suppliers on a schedule basis. Ability to efficiently create reports in different languages including bidirectional languages Ability to access data from multiple data sources including web services and OLAP cubes. maintaining one layout for each type of document.
BI Publisher makes that possible. Intra – as well as beyond – document drill capability can also be included. by enabling the rapid creation of boardroom-quality reports. brochures. pixel perfect report design and automated runtime report layout options. The result is clean. In the problem statement. including annual reports.A Case Study on Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher Capability # 1: Ability to create highly formatted reports in an efficient way. invoices. The result is an online publish-ready document that is fully navigable. they can service the share holders in a better way providing the right information. so that the publish-ready document can serve as a mini business intelligence environment from directly using multiple options like PDF or HTML or MSWORD.BI Publisher provides both pre-defined. Many organizations publish annual reports. financial portfolios. and other visual representations of critical business information. crisp illustrative charts and graphs for printing and distribution. brochures. Companies are always looking to add value to these documents by enhancing the graphics. and other vital business documents.BI Publisher offers graphics of the highest quality for creating outward-facing materials. brochures. purchase orders. The below listed powerful features of the BI Publisher reporting tool enables pixel perfect reporting efficiently : Advanced Charting Interactivity Conditions Parameters Sort Hide Precision and Control Conditional Formatting Formulas and Functions Multiple table and forms layout Bar Coding Rich text formatting Sample Customer Balance Letter Page 5 of 17 . including annual reports. invoices. charts. any business user with a Web browser can create publish-ready content directly from BI Publisher without the need for a separate publishing product. BIP Solution: BI Publisher capabilities offer graphics of the highest quality for creating outwardfacing materials. or even multiple reports. crisp illustrative charts and graphs for printing and distribution. In our problem statement. invoices and bills. as specified by the government. Users have the unique ability to accurately insert sections of a report. empowering users to create operational reports to their exact specifications. had the firm been able to comply with the layout requirements for the balance sheet. The result is clean. and billing statements. into a single dashboard page. and billing statements.
With the layout now independent of the data. which vary only in terms of the look and feel and the underlying query remaining more or less the same. No longer do they have to have one query. BIP Solution: Oracle BI Publisher provides a new reporting paradigm in the market place. layout and translation in a single executable file. A single data extraction can now support multiple layouts Page 6 of 17 .A Case Study on Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher Sample Check Format Capability # 2: Ability to develop and maintain reports efficiently. For each of the reports. this allows developers across the various regions of the firm to start consolidating their data sources into fewer extraction programs. This makes reporting much more flexible and easier to maintain. Traditional reporting tools hold the data source (query). independent of the layout changes. one layout. they need to extract the and use it for building reports. BI Publisher takes the approach of splitting the three components apart. using common desktop tools The IT staff of the firm creates reports for different users.
while using E-Business Suite or Online. Reports can even be built by functional users with a little practice. Then pass to the developer for deployment to the server. BIP Solution: With the exit of third party specialized format generation tools from the development phase. Building Layouts – no longer a tedious thread of email between business analyst and developer to get the layout just right. and debit notes can be built once using familiar desktop tools such as MSWord or Adobe Acrobat. There are options to deploy data sources and templates to either the file system or the database. give it SQL and it will return XML data. Users who are familiar with common desktop tools such as MSWord and Adobe Acrobat can very well create templates of their own as per reporting requirements using the Template Builder and integrate the dataset. The development team can also free itself from the perennial problem of having to build and maintain layouts formats. The existing resources need to be trained to enable them to use the new tool. The analyst knows the requirements intimately and can build the layout him or herself and get it right first time. BI Publisher is plugged into the application and deployment is simple. the company no longer needs skilled resources to generate reports. At every stage the process is faster: Developing data extraction programs – the IT department can use various methods for extracting data one of the fastest being the BI Publisher data engine. The users can have previews of the report to incorporate any changes they want to before the actual report is generated. Capability # 3: Ability to be used by resources/staff with minimum training and skills. The firm can have huge savings in time and effort in getting reports to their end users.A Case Study on Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher allowing users to apply various layouts to a single data source and generate completely different report outputs. At its most basic. credit notes. The following tools are integrated with BI Publisher to make the development of layouts and analysis of reports easier: Page 7 of 17 . when deciding to implement a replacing reporting system that is capable of producing reports that comply with all the layout and data specification. if it can implement a system which can be learned easily by the employee. The layout templates for each of the document types such as invoice. The manufacturing firm. requires procuring of required third party reporting tool and hire resources skilled in the tool. It would be a tremendous saving for the firm. Deploying .
Connect to sample data through the Word template. Perform calculations on fields within the template. The Analyzer for Excel. Clicking on the Template Builder link in a folder. It also plans to send automated reminders and notices of payments to vendors and email invoice copies. or cross tabs d.Additionaly. b. j. For fax servers. Insert report elements such as data fields. credit notes and debit notes generated can be emailed. BI Publishers allows the specification of usernames. and apply a template to the report data. The template builder enables the user to perform the following: a. Template Viewer: preview template in any supported output type with sample data. The regions thus can have their requirement of scheduling reports through multiple channels fulfilled in a very efficient way. Connect to the BIP server to retrieve data and build a template. The firm would like to generate printed or faxed copies of the reports for filing and presenting in meetings. Data comes from the connection (built for each data source) selected. Provides a central location for report designers to locate all of the company's data sources and reports. apply new parameters. c. e. Build and upload template via a direct connection to BIP server. i. g. Operational reports that are of common interest to a group and require inputs from the members of the group can be directed to a common "Web Folder" or "Web Share" as soon as they are generated with notifications send simultaneously. f. Capability # 4: Ability to deliver reports to multiple delivery channels on a schedule basis. Build and upload templates in disconnected mode. k. l. enables the user to export the results of a report to an Excel spreadsheet and then log in to BI Publisher Enterprise from Excel to refresh data. it is ensured that the formatting is not lost due to incompatibility with the printer. Load completed template from BIP server. It also allows for the creation of Excel templates and their upload to the BIP server – the user can then access and run reports from an Excel session. passwords and authentication types ensuring that only the appropriate user can print/fax/email documents. tables. The invoices. faxed and/or scheduled for batch printing for mailer copies. a desktop tool. Download sample data from the BIP server. h. This ensures that the documents maintain their layout and formatting irrespective of the delivery channel. Template Builder: The Template Builder for BIP is a Word add-in to be used for rtf templates. the filters will convert the document to the TIFF format. a BIP menu and BIP toolbar are added to Word. BIP Solution: BI Publisher can print documents in batch directly from the report server. charts.A Case Study on Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher Analyzer: The Analyzer tool allows the user to compare data from a report in a cross-tab area. Templates can be published (attached) directly to the report from Word. The after report triggers or notifications can be a convenient way to let the IT Staff know about the completion/failure of a batch. m. Instructions and tutorials are located in the readme and help files delivered with the tool. These online copies of the documents should mirror the physical copies send through post. Page 8 of 17 . Validate the template. installs the MS-Word add-in to create report templates. Through the ability to define custom filters for document conversion. Upon installation.
ensuring higher quality data. modifications can still be made to the layout without impacting translations.g. and DB Character set. Capability # 6: Ability to access data from multiple data sources including web services and OLAP cubes. The sources can also be an OLAP cube or databases such as Oracle. SQL Server or an XML database. a Web service or a previously generated XML file which can be placed in a directory to use as data input to your reports. BIP Solution: BI Publisher supports internationalization of the business. It supports the following character sets: CJK BiDi MLS Unicode BI Publisher is exclusive in providing the Unicode and bidirectional language support. These layouts are converted to industry-standard files for easy in-house translation or delivery to third party translation providers. allowing integration with any system that can generate XML or any data source available though JDBC with the ability to merge multiple data sources into a single output document. Because each translation is a separate file. Critical service providers like tax administrators are increasingly supporting electronic filing of documents that can save significant amounts of money by avoiding paper handling and processing costs. allowing regional offices to report and manage their documents locally.An invoice report would make use of the invoice data generated and would require to be send to the corresponding vendors based on the vendor names or email Page 9 of 17 . The data can come from a database. BI Publisher also offers advanced bidirectional and font handling support and does away with the need of having installed languages. Tax authorities supply the tax administration guidelines and filing and payment rules to the taxpayer communities within their jurisdiction These guidelines. needs to be developed in each of the languages and a change in layout to one of the reports requires change in all other reports. forms. Report layouts can be created for any combination of 185 languages and 244 territories.e. Capability # 7: Ability to split the data conditionally and unconditionally into different datasets The firm requires a solution that would automate the generation of reports which vary according to specified conditions. while at the same time. language specific printers. Reports which are functionally same across every region.A Case Study on Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher Capability # 5: Ability to efficiently create reports in different languages including bidirectional languages The firm requires reports in different languages for its various regions. The tool can cater to the multi language reporting requirements of the various regional offices of the firm with its support for translations and bidirectional languages. This enables the company to use the forecasting information from Hyperion as a source and develop strategic reports for use. Its ability to generate reports independent of the character sets and printers makes it a feasible choice for developing reports that do not lose formatting on printing. if the report in question has a firm wide defined format. regulations and instructions are all instances of content management and this content is increasingly being composed and managed as XML documents providing for flexibility. an HTTP XML feed. and greatly lowering the filing and reporting burdens for end consumers. rules. BIP Solution: BI Publisher can format any well-formed XML data.
and locale can be applied to each split segment of the report. In addition it can also be integrated seamlessly with the Oracle Applications such as: PeopleSoft J D Edwards Enterprise J D Edwards World Oracle Discoverer Oracle Business Intelligence Oracle Hyperion Planning Siebel (Replaces Actuate reporting and provides OOTB reports along with Actuate to Publisher Conversion Assistant. For each of the report the layout may vary slightly or the output format may vary due to the vendor requirements. delivery method.A Case Study on Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher addresses mentioned. then delivers the individual documents through the delivery channel of choice. It comes along with support for a wide range of datasources. This feature proves very useful whenever there is a requirement for: Invoice generation and delivery based on customer-specific layouts and delivery preference Financial reporting to generate a master report of all regional centers. BIP Solution: Using BI Publisher's bursting. a different template. generates output based on a template. Driven by the delivery key. output format. a single report can be split based on a key in the report data and deliver the report based on a second key in the report data. OOTB templates and Oracle Reports to Publisher Conversion Assistant which is very much the need of the reporting system that is using Oracle Reports currently. bursting out individual regional reports to the concerned manager Generation of pay slips to all employees based on one extract and delivered via e-mail Capability # 8: Ability to be integrated easily with the source system E-Business Suite BIP Solution: Oracle BI Publisher can be used either as a standalone installation or can be integrated with Oracle E-Business Suite.BI Publisher's bursting engine accepts a data stream and splits it based on multiple criteria.) Page 10 of 17 . The engine provides a flexible range of possibilities for document generation and delivery. Thus the translation of existing reports to the BIP reports shall be fully automated.
Page 11 of 17 . SQL Server PDF HTML Power Point Email E-Business suite. LDAP Server: BI Publisher can be integrated with LDAP servers to manage users and report access. When BIP security is integrated with the E-Business Suite security. Peoplesoft. Oracle BI. Oracle BI Apps.Extract Once.EBusiness Suite responsibilities become available as roles in the BI Publisher security center. Create the users and roles within LDAP servers and then configure the BI Publisher server to access the LDAP servers. Oracle E-Business Suite: BI Publisher can leverage E-Business Suite security to enable the E-Business Suite users to log in to BI Publisher using their E-Business Suite credentials. Siebel XML Printer Layout Templates Oracle BI Publisher Word Acrobat JDev Excel Flex Others Excel Flash Fax RTF CSV XML EDI Repository OLAP Cubes e-commerce Web Services EFT Data Sources Layout Formats Output Formats Destination BI Publisher .A Case Study on Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher Oracle 10g. Publish Multiple Times Capability # 9: Ability to secure reports using predefined roles The firm requires a strong security policy to be implemented which would enforce proper authorization and access control that gives the right users the visibility to reports and the data within. JD Edwards. b. BIP Solution: BI Publisher Security Supports: a.
Oracle Database: BI Publisher offers integration with Oracle Database security so that it can administer the BI Publisher users with the Oracle Database users. BI Publisher passes the user name and password of the individual user (as logged into BI Publisher) to the data source and thus preserves the client identity and privileges when the server connects to the data source. let us also take a look at the alternatives available in the market. Adobe Flex Cognos Framework Manager (Metadata designer). The digital signature verifies the signer's identity and ensures that the document has not been altered after it was signed. BIP v/s Other Reporting Tools Now that we have seen that the BI Publisher can be a good choice for replacing the existing reporting system in the problem statement. BI Publisher provides the following mechanisms to build a secure environment for reporting: Public Access: BI Publisher allows users to set up public access folders. Thus using BI Publisher integrated with the E-business Suite facilitates the easy implementation of a security system that does not require the redefinition of roles and responsibilities of the users. Report Studio. Business view manager OBIEE Oracle Reports To design layouts etc need to use the # 1 Design Tools OBIEE Answers Page 12 of 17 . They take out the manual process of spreadsheet updation and query writing and allow analysts to slice and dice data any way they want. Oracle BI Server: BI Publisher offers integration with Oracle BI Server security so that the administration of the BI Publisher users can be done through the BI Server Administration tool. among other things. Any user can access the reports in this folder without entering credentials. Proxy Authentication BI Publisher supports proxy authentication for connections to the following data sources: • Oracle 10g database • Oracle 11g database • Oracle BI Server For direct data source connections via JDBC and connections via a JNDI connection pool.Additionaly. BI vendors also vary in their offerings of features. BI Publisher allows selecting "Use Proxy Authentication". 5. When the Use Proxy Authentication is selected. Adobe Acrobat. Oracle BI Publisher can access the digital ID file from a central. Analysis Business Object Desktop Intelligence. Designer. Digital Signature: Oracle BI Publisher supports digital signatures on PDF output documents. Digital signatures enable the verification of the authenticity of the documents that are sent and received. Below is summarized comparison of the BI reporting features required by the problem statement across the leading BI tools: Problem Statement Consideration BI Publisher Microsoft Word. d. The market for BI tools is a booming one and most of the products do the basics. Microsoft Excel. secure location and at runtime sign the PDF output with the digital ID.A Case Study on Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher c. What makes them different? Cost and average number of users.
HTTP feeds.dBASE.g. Lotus) Database FilesConnect to standard PC databases that reside locally ODBC (RDO)ODBC data sources OLAP. or XML IDEs to design layouts Studio. Any source that provides a JDBC connection XML Oracle OLAP RDBMS Excel Excel (DAO)Database type (Access. Web Services. Queries Studio internal design tools available e. Report wizard. File Data Sources. Queries wizard. Packaged applications. Data wizard. Graph wizard YES YES NO NO YES YES 2 Bursting Dependencies on Installed Language Dependencies on Database Character set one/multiple layouts possible for different languages Need for expensive language specific printers YES NO YES NO NO NO NO NO YES 3 Language Support NO YES NO NO YES NO YES YES YES YES 4 Possible Data sources Databases.A Case Study on Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher Builder. Excel.OLAP cube as a data source OLE DB (ADO) XML XML Oracle OLAP RDBMS Excel XML JDBC Oracle OLAP Text files (both delimited and fixed format 5 Delivery Channels Online Reports YES YES YES YES YES Page 13 of 17 .
CSV. HTML. Edwards. Excel. Oracle BI Discoverer Oracle Application Express (APEX). Excel. Oracle Hyperion Planning SDK provided in Java. Flash. PDA YES Sent to fax.A Case Study on Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher Publish to a portal YES YES YES. e-Text (for EDI/EFT). Oracle. HTML. Excel. PowerPoint. fax. PeopleSoft. HTML. D. Share point Oracle Hyperion E business suite 7 Batch report generation YES YES YES NO YES 8 Output formats PDF. C# for integration SAP BW. and XML CSV. RTF CSV. PDF. email. OBIEE Dashboards Send to email. Excel. WebDav or ftp YES YES YES YES 6 Integration Application Integration: E-Business Suite. XML HTML. printer. printers. PDF. RTF. CSS Page 14 of 17 . J. publishing wizard YES. HTML. HTML. RTF. PDF PDF. Excel. XML. XML. Oracle BI Enterprise Edition.
e. scheduler can be configured with different types of databases . copy and text etc PDF Digital Signature YES YES YES YES YES YES YES NO NO NO YES NO NO NO NO 6. control on print. HTTP / RSS feeds. SQL Server. etc Scheduling is managed by concurrent manager. Excel. decides to go for BI Publisher. it has the option to use either a standalone installation of BI Publisher or integrate BI Publisher to the E-Business suite.A Case Study on Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher Role based authorization and access to report folders and data sources YES YES YES Role based authorization and access to report folders and datasources YES Single Sign ON support 9 Security PDF document security password protection. Can use BIP Data Templates to extract from other sources e. OBIEE. etc.g. No 1 BIP with EBS Meant for only Oracle DB i.Oracle. Sybase. the db that EBS is using. Web Services. File Scheduler available. DB2. Data Template. Can connect to others but requires licensing Oracle Reports or PLSQL base concurrent programs can extract data from DB. XML file. The below table shall help in deciding which flavor to use: Comparison Criteria BIP Enterprise Server (StandAlone) Connects to any databases that supports the use of JDBC drivers Data Extraction 2 Various types of Data SourcesSQL. Tight integration with CM to generate output based on user driven 3 Scheduling Page 15 of 17 . OLAP MDX. Implementation Criteria If the manufacturing firm described in the problem statement. Discoverer.
responsibilities. admin. A wide spreadsheet cannot be created using the RTF template if the number of columns is more than 64. 10 Delivery 11 UI 7. 1. requires custom code to deliver documents using BIP APIs Leverages Oracle Application Framework UI to manage templates.Also. Delivery to email. 3. 2. Delivery channels not available out of the box. fax. webdav. OLAP. roles. Incorporating additional logic or business rules in the reports requires XSL coding which can prove to be cumbersome for report developer who is not well versed in XSL. users. Templates cannot be designed in MS Excel for creating reports. Excel templates under controlled release. Limitations The use of Oracle BI Publisher as the reporting solution can pose the following functional limitations for report development: . reporting groups. PDF. etc Bursting is set by configuring a control file (xml file). scheduling. UI based. any sample report templates available in Excel cannot be imported into MS Word so that RTF templates can be created and used for report development. OBIEE security. EBS security. database security. Excel Online Analyzer and Excel Analyzer utilities available for data analysis BI Desktop is able to connect to Enterprise Server to design and upload reports to the server. 4 Security Multiple security models supported-BIP security. Page 16 of 17 . reports. ftp. Not available in EBS 6 7 Tools 8 Feature not supported in EBS 9 Bursting Bursting configuration can be set on the Report Editor screen.A Case Study on Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher template and output format selection. Web service APIs available for BIP integration with any application Template formats supported RTF.e. Adheres to EBS security i.etc 5 Web Services No web services API All formats except Flex is supported. http and printer are supported Complete UI to manage users. Flex. XSLFO.
Conclusion BI Publisher seems like an apt candidate to replace the existing reporting system of the manufacturing firm because of the following in built features it has: 1. bursting etc make BI Publisher a recommended solution for the problem statement. These. 6. BI Publisher outputs cannot be published in separate tab sheets on the same Excel document. But the ease of development of report layouts by users with minimal trainings. and printers without losing formatting of reports. 8. 4.A Case Study on Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher 4. fax. Page 17 of 17 . BI Publisher is limited in its support for drill down reports and reports requiring display of hierarchical relationships. 2. Some of the functionalities such as scheduling of reports and availability of multiple delivery channels can be supported by other reporting tools as well. the ability to generate complex layouts using common tools and reuse them across languages. Use of desktop tools like Adobe Acrobat and MSWord in generating reports. Support for data sources like webservices and Hyperion cubes. support for multiple data sources. 5. 3. 8. Support for reuse of templates for different languages. along with support for bidirectional languages are abilities which are unique to the BI Publisher. Easy generation of complex and different report layouts with minimum efforts. 5. 7. Easy integration with E-business suite. Support for scheduling of reports. when combined with other commonly required features like scheduling. Support for report delivery to multiple channels like email. Support for bidirectional languages.
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