Friday, August 31, 2007

Learning more about BI Publisher - OBE

If you want to quickly learn about or get a feel for how BI Publisher works, and this may be especially the case for those who come more from the Discoverer side of things, I would suggest you spend a few minutes going over the excellent OBEs (Oracle By Example) series available on BI Publisher on OTN.
The Oracle by Example (OBE) series provides hands-on, step-by-step instructions on how to implement various technology solutions to business problems. OBE solutions are built for practical real-world situations, allowing you to gain valuable hands-on experience as well as use the presented solutions as the foundation for production implementation, dramatically reducing time to deployment.

The BI Publisher OBE page lists these OBEs:
While these OBEs are based on the 10.1.3.2 release of BI Publisher, it doesn't matter for the most part - there are some new features in BI Publisher that you could read up on separately; enhancements to the Template Builder, support for digital signing of PDF files, support for Flash as a report format, etc...

Also, you can probably skip the second OBE for now, but it is still useful as it gives a glimpse into how you could integrate Discoverer content with a BI Enterprise Edition Dashboard page.