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BiLog: Uniqueness...and V7 Open Reporting Architecture


Is each snowflake unique?   Researchers at CalTech think so – because of the complexity of the crystal in combination with the environmental factors of air and temperature.  Although we haven’t had much snow in the Northeast this year to do any of our own informal analysis, it's a great January topic - - and abit lighter than the Chicken/Egg debate!

  In line with unique snowflakes, we believe that each of you are also unique with your reporting needs.  You each have varying business, regulatory and product needs which impact the content and delivery of your reports.  The Version 7 Open Reporting Architecture meets your unique reporting needs by offering you a number of reporting choices to choose from.  These options include:
 BIRT, Business Intelligence and Reporting, is the embedded reporting tool in the Version 7 Releases. As the embedded reporting tool, it enables the deepest levels of integrations throughout the various Maximo applications, providing a seamless integration for your users.
Reporting with BIRT in Version 7 includes a variety of features including one click direct printing, emailing, scheduling, report usage and monitoring and 100's of delivered reports
 Additionally, ad hoc reporting is available for your business users to create their own reports by selecting fields, sorting, grouping, filtering. These reports can then be shared with others, emailed, scheduled and edited to meet changing business needs, and is often referred to as QBR, or Query Based Reporting.
Starting in December 2009 with the Version, an integration to Cognos Reporting was made available.   This Integration Option supplements the reporting suite by enabling a deeper level of Strategic Reporting. The integration utilizes the Cognos Reporting Products, and is powered by the meta data creation capability of Maximo.
 The Cognos Integration can be enabled thru a client's license of the Cognos 8.4.1 Reporting Products, or thru the Tivoli ® Common Reporting (TCR) 2.1 Enablement. The TCR Enablement process provides licensing for the Cognos Reporting Products for use with any Tivoli Product. Utilizing this feature can enable you to create reports from any Tivoli product, which you can then access from the Cognos Portal.
Another reporting option is the External Report Integration, or ERI.  The ERI integrates the Maximo Framework with external Reporting Systems. These external reporting systems could include any variety of reporting tools. This functionality is very flexible in that it is report system and report version independent - and enables your users immediate access to these reports from within the V7 applications. 
The ODP, or Open Database Platform, is another option for you.  With this you simply configure your reporting tool of choice to integrate directly with the V7 database - because of the flexibility of its architecture. Once this is configured, you can create powerful reports directly against the vast amounts of data available.

 For more details on each of these tools -- and which ones meet your unique needs -  you can reference the V7 Upgrade planning guides referenced in the Bilog entry earlier this year, or on either of these wiki pages for either Version 7.5, or Version 7.1
We'll start exploring the integration options in more depth in the next few weeks --

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