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BI Publisher with EBS R12: 7 Best Practices for Implementation
7 Best Practices: Implementing BI Publisher with EBS
Brent Lowe, Manager of Product Development
I’ve been working with BIP in EBS since 2004 and
have picked up a few things along the way.
Here are seven ways to improve
your BIP implementation
Best Implementation Practice #1
Get to the Latest Version of BIP for EBS
Which version is right for EBS users?
Though there are many versions of BI Publisher what you
BIP for EBS : 5.6.3
Running 11i ?
See My Oracle Support Note 422508.1
for info about Oracle XMLP Release
Running R12 ?
Congrats, you already have 5.6.3!
Good to know!
BI Publisher = XML Publisher
“XML Publisher” wasn’t sexy enough for Oracle, so they renamed it…
except in the application and documentation…but we don’t mind.
L ublis he
XM BI P
Best Implementation Practice #2
Know Oracle’s Published Best
1. Lar ge dat a set st r at egi es
2. XM st r uct ur es
3. Lot s of gr eat t em at e t i ps f or
per f or m
ance, consi st ency,
f or m t i ng.
Best Implementation Practice #3
Utilize the Correct Tools for your version of
BI Publisher Desktop
Latest version is 188.8.131.52.0
Use the version built with the same libraries as 5.6.3 -> 10.1.3.2
BI Publisher Toolbox
Best Implementation Practice #4
Know what BIP is Capable of Within
Not all modules follow ATG’s lead
(i.e. their implementation is not
Will you be using any of these modules?
You’ll need to do some digging.
(ATG = Application Technology Group, the folks responsible for BI Publisher in EBS)
Best Implementation Practice #5
Understand Your Delivery Options
Now that you’re generating BI Publisher documents,
how do they get where they need to go?*
*Disclosure statement: document delivery from EBS is an issue
close to our hearts. STR Software’s products overcome the
limitations of native delivery from Oracle. This stuff affects the
bottom line, so we think it’s pretty important.
Well, if you want to deliver documents internally, Oracle’s native
functionality is probably fine. You can generate documents using
BI Publisher and deliver them, no problem.
It gets the job done
There are some deficiencies with native Oracle functionality when it
comes to external delivery. It doesn’t handle bursting and
delivering high volumes of reports well; can’t support attachments
to documents; and doesn’t provide a quick way to check on
delivery status without IT’s help.
If these features are critical to your business, a specialized thirdparty application like AventX is your best option.
•Makes delivery simpler with email, fax, and printing all in one
•Keeps IT support to a minimum with easy installation and
•Gives you peace of mind with email and fax delivery confirmation
and status checks
•Increases flexibility by allowing you to attach supporting
documents to reports
Check out our Quick Reference Guide for more information about
advanced document delivery from Oracle EBS.
Best Implementation Practice #6
Understand How To Troubleshoot
(It’s a brain)
Two places to look when troubleshooting:
1) Output Post Processor Log Files
2) Turn on debugging: xdodebug.cfg -> $AF_JRE_TOP/lib
Which will create log files as shown below.
xdo.log (main log file)
xdo_...xml (Especially helpful when bursting)
xdo_...out (output file)
xdo_...xsl (XSL-FO version of RTF)
xdo_...fo (temp file created when converting RTF to XSL-FO)
Best Implementation Practice #7
Know When, How and Where to Ask for
1) Get a cup of coffee and go to the documentation
2) Ask a blogger – they’re helpful folks
Tim Dexter/BIP Official Blog: http://blogs.oracle.com/xmlpublisher
A BI Publisher developer’s diary: http://blogs.oracle.com/BIDeveloper/
Oracle BI Publisher Consulting: http://bipconsulting.blogspot.com/
BI Publisher Blog - Ike Wiggins: http://bipublisher.blogspot.com/
In Depth Apps - eBusiness Suite - Gareth Roberts:
STR Software Blog (Oracle Apps and BIP blog) –
full of use
3) Use the Oracle Forums
Tips for getting help on forums:
• Search First, Ask Second
• Be someone (not user8840234)
• Be Specific – version, OS, patch #, etc
• Reward others for their assistance
• Contribute! It is better to give than
4) Utilize the Oracle Community
It’s like Facebook, but for Oracle geeks!
Search within Oracle E-Business Suite -> BI Publisher
5) Use ‘My Oracle Support’
After exhausting all other forms of help, open an official SR
ly, Ora g by!
With these seven best practices considered,
you will ensure that your implementation of BI
Publisher in EBS R12 will run more smoothie. smoothly.
More questions, suggestions or feedback?
Contact me via email,
blog or twitter!
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