Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) BI Analysis & Reporting Versus BI Published Reporting

January 15, 2014

Whether you are new to using Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) or have been using this product for a while, you will see an option to use both the BI Analysis & Reporting (formerly known as BI Answers, referred to in this post as “BI Analysis”) and BI Published Reporting (formerly known as BI Published Reporting) capabilities once you log into your OBIEE application.

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BI Analysis displays and visualizes data using charts, tables and reports pulling data from multiple data sources, while BI Published Reporting generates highly-formatted enterprise reports using multiple data sources.

Determining whether to use a BI Analysis report or a BI Published Reporting report depends on what you are trying to deliver or produce for your end users.

BI Analysis1:

  • Full ad hoc analysis, pivot tables, and report creation
  • Simple point and click interface
  • Users are shielded from complexity and structure of underlying data structures
  • Explore and interact with results
  • Save, organize and share reports
  • Integrate reports back into Intelligence Dashboards

BI Published Reporting2:

  • True “pixel-perfect” reporting and publishing
  • Report layout using familiar tools like Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat
  • Single product for all document needs, e.g., invoices, checks, financial statements, government forms, etc.

To create a new Analysis report, click on ‘Analysis’ in the ‘Analysis and Interactive Reporting’ section.  Users will see a list of available subject areas that were created from the existing RPD development.

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To create a new BI Published Reporting Report, click on ‘Report’ in the ‘Published Reporting’ section.  Users will need to search for an existing data model or quickly create one before accessing a BI Published Reporting report.

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Both options have the ability to generate reports just by dragging and dropping facts and dimensions from the existing data model(s).

Even without having any in-depth knowledge on how an RPD/data model was created, both BI Analysis and BI Published Reporting reports can be used by any organization to provide answers to business questions.

Finally, by utilizing either BI Analysis or BI Published Reporting reporting features within OBIEE 11g, you can save many hours and resources and therefore focus more on analyzing information to make better business decisions for your organization.

Sources: 1, 2 Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11G.

Author: Jon Kim, Performance Architects 

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