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Oracle® Fusion Middleware User's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher
11g Release 1 (11.1.1)

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New Features for Oracle BI Publisher Users

This preface describes changes to Oracle BI Publisher report viewing and scheduling features for Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher 11g Release 1 (11.1.1). The following information describes the differences in features, tools, and procedures between releases.

This preface contains the following topics:

New Features for Oracle BI Publisher 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.7)

New features for report consumers in Oracle BI Publisher 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.7) include:

Enhancements to Event-Driven Schedules

Now when you define an event-driven schedule, you can also set a retry interval to have BI Publisher automatically re-execute the trigger to test for the condition to run the report. Two new fields have been added to support this feature: Retry Limit and Pause Time. Using these fields you can define the number of times for BI Publisher to check the condition and the time interval to wait between attempts. For more information, see Section 4.4.2, "Enabling a Schedule Trigger."

New Parameter Type: Flexfields (for Oracle E-Business Suite Users)

For Oracle E-Business Suite users, support for the flexfield parameter type has been added in this release. BI Publisher's report viewer can now integrate with flexfield definitions in Oracle E-Business Suite to enable you to select flexfield segment value ranges to pass to your report. For more information, see Section 3.3.1.2, "Flexfield Parameter Dialog."

New Features for Oracle BI Publisher 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.6)

New features for report consumers in Oracle BI Publisher 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.6) include:

Edit Scheduled Jobs

You can now edit scheduled report jobs. After editing a job you can either save the changes to the job or save the changes as a new job. This enables the creation of new jobs from existing jobs. Edit scheduled jobs from the Manage Report Jobs page. For more information, see Section 5.9, "Editing Jobs."

Event-Driven Schedules

The execution of a scheduled report job can now be conditionalized based on an event. A report data model can now include a Schedule Trigger that you enable in the report job definition. When the report job is scheduled to run, the trigger is executed. If no data is returned from the trigger, the job instance is skipped. If data is returned, the job instance runs as scheduled. For more information, see Section 4.4.2, "Enabling a Schedule Trigger."

New Job Status: Skipped

In support of the event-driven schedule feature, a new job status is introduced in this release. If the schedule trigger returns no data, the job instance is "skipped." The skipped status is displayed on the Report Job History page.

Enhancements to Parameter Display Options

Enhancements to parameter display options include:

Favorites Region

A new Favorites region on the Home page enables you to create bookmarks to the items to which you want quick access. From the Favorites region you can view, schedule, configure, or edit reports and other objects. The Manage Favorites tool enables you to drag and drop items from the catalog to the region, or you can use an object's More link in the catalog to add it to Favorites. For more information, see Section 2.3.5, "Favorites."

New Features for Oracle BI Publisher 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.5)

New features in Oracle BI Publisher 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.5) include:

Access Report History from the Manage Report Jobs Page

The Manage Report Jobs page now includes a History link for each job to enable you to quickly view the completed runs of a job. For more information, see Section 5.1, "About the Manage Report Jobs Page."

Monitor Running Report Jobs

While a scheduled report job is in running status, you can now monitor the stages of the report processing in the Report Job History page. For more information, see Section 6.8, "Monitoring Running Jobs."

Cancel Running Jobs

When a scheduled report job is in running status, you can now cancel the running job from the Report Job History page. For more information, see Section 6.9, "Canceling a Running Job."

Excel 2007 Output Type

Excel 2007 is a new output type available for reports. When selected, BI Publisher generates the output in Excel XML format (.xlsx). If you have Excel 2007 or later installed, this option provides the best preservation of layout and formatting. For more information, see Section 3.3, "Using the Report Viewer Options."

New Features for Oracle BI Publisher 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.3)

New features in Oracle BI Publisher 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.3) include:

Major User Interface Improvements

The user interface has undergone major improvements in several areas, including a new Home page and redesigned editors and panes. These improvements are intended to make working with Oracle BI Publisher easier and more consistent. This guide provides detailed information on working with the various pieces of the user interface.

Shared Oracle BI Presentation Catalog

For installations of BI Publisher with the Oracle BI Enterprise Edition, BI Publisher now shares the same catalog with Oracle BI Presentation services.

Interactive Viewer

For reports created with the new BI Publisher layout editor, a new interactive output type is available. The interactive viewer enables pop-up chart details, scrollable tables, table filtering, table sorting, and propagated filtering across different components of the report. This interactivity is achieved simply by designing the report in the layout editor, no additional coding is necessary.

Enhanced Scheduling Options

A single report job can now produce multiple outputs, each with a different layout applied, and each sent to a different destination. The scheduling options have been enhanced to enable more recurrence pattern options.