Standalone vs EBS Embedded

I had grand plans to spend last night getting the first of the web services posts together - I have all the code samples just need the eloquent prose around them ... my plans were dashed when my wife got me to help out on a school fund raiser 'flyer' - what ought to have taken an hour, stretched into the night - what joy it is to mess about with MSWord trying to combine 4 documents and get the look and feel the same ... NOT!
So you're getting something as useful, if not more so, that I had ready yesterday.


We have been pinging mails around over the last day or two - a customer asked 'what are the differences between the standalone release and the embedded EBS version.' We all thought someone had documented those, alas none of us had, but Pradeep one of our PMs that you'll find regularly lurking on the forum, took it upon himself to bash out a quick table of comparison.


I have embellished a little here and there ... 




























































BIP Enterprise Server (stand-alone) BIP with EBS
1. Data Extraction Connects to any databases that supports the use of JDBC drivers Meant for only Oracle DB ie the db that EBS is using. Can connect to others but requires licensing
2. Various types of Data Sources ? SQL, Data Template, OBIEE, Olap MDX, Discoverer, Web Services, HTTP / RSS feeds, File Oracle Reports or PLSQL base concurrent programs can extract data from DB. Can use BIP Data Templates to extract from other sources e.g. XML file, Excel, etc
3. Scheduling Scheduler available, scheduler can be configured with different types of databases - oracle, db2, sql server, sybase, etc. Scheduling is managed by concurrent manager. Tight integration with CM to generate output based on user driven template and output format selection.
4. Security Multiple security models supported ? BIP security, Olap, EBS security, database security, OBIEE security. Adheres to EBS security ie users, responsibilities, reporting groups,etc
5. Web Services Web service APIs available for BIP integration with any application No web services API
6. Tools Template formats supported RTF, PDF, XSLFO, Flex, Excel Same but Flex is not supported. Excel templates under controlled release.
7 Online Analyzer and Excel Analyzer utilities available for data analysis Not available in EBS
8. BI Desktop is able to connect to Enterprise Server to design and upload reports to the server. Feature not supported in EBS
9. Bursting Bursting configuration can be set on the Report Editor screen , UI based. Bursting is set by configuring a control file (xml file).
10. Delivery Delivery to email, fax, ftp, webdav, http and printer are supported Delivery channels not available out of the box, requires custom code to deliver documents using BIP APIs
11 UI Complete UI to manage users, roles, admin, reports, scheduling, etc Leverages OAF UI to manages templates. Reports managed and scheduled via CM UI. USers and roles(responsibilities) managed by AOL UI

By no means a highly detailed and exhaustive list, the big ticket items in my mind are the delivery and web services - please dont even ask right now. If we extend the question, then we get to JDE and PS differences from the standalone. I need some time to get that those together.

Comments:

Hi Tim, Another difference I've noticed is the "data definitions" or "dataTemplate" in EBS BIP seem to differ from "report" in BIP Standalone - or am I missing something there? Gareth

Posted by Gareth on February 19, 2008 at 07:00 AM MST #

Are there any e-business customers using the standalone version of BIP for their ERP reporting rather than the embedded version? Cheers, Kevin

Posted by Kevin on February 19, 2008 at 08:15 PM MST #

It will be nice to give some meaning full names to BIP report attachments which are scheduled via email.Also csv reports are attached with extension .out instead of csv.

Posted by Ashok on February 21, 2008 at 04:03 AM MST #

@Gareth - the data templates in the standalone are part of the xdo report file. Whereas in Apps they are self contained but attached to a conc prog definition.

@Kevin - yes, some are. Typically where they are hitting custom or legacy systems and EBS - you can pull data from multiple sources and merge into single reports and get all the standalone goodness around analysis and delivery.

@Ashok - a good point Ashok I think its going to be covered in the next release. Need to check on that thou.

Posted by Tim Dexter on February 21, 2008 at 04:31 AM MST #

Tim, Is the standalone is free with EBS license or how does it cost if it is not. Thnx Mani

Posted by Mani on March 09, 2009 at 04:39 AM MDT #

Still csv reports are attached with extension .out instead of csv. Any update on this or work around Thanks, Ayyappan

Posted by Ayyappan on July 29, 2009 at 03:53 AM MDT #

I realize that this is an old post... I was wondering if there were any improvements with the version of EBS R12.

I have a requirement to place links to my OBIEE dashboards to point to EBS BI Publisher reports. Would that be possible with the EBS BI Publisher version? Can I get hyperlinks?

Many thanks in advance for any feedback!

Posted by guest on January 28, 2013 at 05:52 PM MST #

I realize that this is an old post... I was wondering if there were any improvements with the version of EBS R12.

I have a requirement to place links to my OBIEE dashboards to point to EBS BI Publisher reports. Would that be possible with the EBS BI Publisher version? Can I get hyperlinks?

Many thanks in advance for any feedback!

Posted by guest on January 28, 2013 at 05:53 PM MST #

I realize that this is an old post... I was wondering if there were any improvements with the version of EBS R12.

I have a requirement to place links to my OBIEE dashboards to point to EBS BI Publisher reports. Would that be possible with the EBS BI Publisher version?
Many thanks in advance for any feedback!

Posted by guest on January 28, 2013 at 05:54 PM MST #

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