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Running a Siebel Report from Actuate e.Report Designer Professional

You can run a Siebel report from Actuate e.Report Designer Professional connected to a Siebel Developer Web Client. You can see the run-time behavior of the Siebel report, set break points, and so on.

To run a Siebel report from Actuate e.Report Designer Professional

  1. Open Actuate e.Report Designer Professional and perform the following.
  2. Choose File, Open, and then navigate to aclist.rod in \Siebdev\RPTSRC\ENU\STANDARD.

    If your installation uses a non-English version of Siebel Business Applications, you do not have an \ENU folder. Instead, you have a folder in the appropriate language code for your installation, such as \DEU for German.

    NOTE:  Languages supported by Siebel Business Applications are identified in Siebel System Requirements and Supported Platforms on Oracle Technology Network. For more information about languages in Siebel Business Applications, see the Siebel Global Deployment Guide on the Siebel Bookshelf.

    The application opens with the default report Customers Sample Data Source.

  3. Open a standard Siebel report.

    For more information, see Opening a Standard Siebel Report.

  4. From the application-level menu, choose Report, and then the Build and Run menu item.

    For more information, see Using the Build and Run Command.

  5. Open the Siebel client and navigate to the Opportunities screen, Opportunities List view.

    An incorrect view is intentionally being opened to demonstrate the result.

  6. Return to Actuate e.Report Designer Professional with the Siebel application still open, repeat Step 4 to run the report again, and then click OK to accept any defaults on the Requester dialog box.

    The report produced contains information different from the information contained in the My Opportunities list.

  7. Click the View button on the Actuate e.Report Professional tool bar.
  8. In the Siebel client, navigate to the Accounts screen, and then the Accounts List view.
  9. In Actuate e.Report Designer Professional, repeat Step 4.

    The Account List report runs successfully.

This exercise demonstrates that a Siebel report does not run locally in Actuate unless two conditions are met:

  • A Siebel Developer Web Client application is running.
  • The current view in the application is based on the correct business object for supplying data to the report being run. In the case of the example, a report listing account data requires that a view based on the Accounts business object be active.

Since a user executes Siebel reports only from the views in which they are designed to be run, these kinds of errors do not occur in a properly configured Siebel application.

Note that when the user restricts the data in the view with a query, only the data meeting the query constraints appears in the report. The Siebel application passes only the data from the current query to the Actuate viewer.

Using the Build and Run Command

Build and Run invokes the build and run processes. You can also invoke the Build process individually from the Report menu.

To use the build and run command

  1. In Actuate e.Report Designer Professional, choose Report, and then the Build and Run menu item.

    The Actuate e.Report Designer Professional Requester dialog box appears. This dialog box contains a list of the parameters used to build the report, such as ssOLEServer and ssPassword. The Requester dialog box provides a mechanism to communicate parameter values to the report.

  2. Click OK to accept any defaults on the Requester dialog box.
  3. Wait for the report to compile, monitoring the status bar at the bottom of the screen.

    The report is generated and appears in the Actuate e.Report Designer Professional window. The status bar progresses from compiling to reading, and then to opening the report. This could take several seconds.

    NOTE:  If the report takes a long time to compile, it is possible that certain fonts are affecting the performance if you are working in Windows XP and Windows 2000. To resolve this problem, turn off font smoothing in Windows using the Display Properties. You access the Display Properties from the Control Panel or by right-clicking on the Desktop. On Windows 2000, use the Check Boxes on the Effects tab to control font smoothing. On Windows XP, use the Effects button on the Appearance Tab to access the Check Boxes that control font smoothing.

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