Viva Las OHUG!
By Tim Dexter on Apr 20, 2006
I spent the morning in Las Vegas today at the Oracle HCM User group conference. Its build build build in Las Vegas ... everytime I come here there is some new palace being built for us to play in. Still traffic is still not too bad, well compared to the Bay Area anyway and the conference was 10 minutes from the airport.
XML Publisher was headlining in the main conference hall and we had about 400 folks turn up to listen to what this relatively new tool that they have been hearing about here all week is all about. Sadly due to some technical issues we could not do any demos so there was a lot of 'imagining' going on in peoples minds.
The first half of the presentation was all about XMLP's capabilities ... it does so much, an hour does not do it justice. If you think how much time you spend configuring and developing for multiple reporting solutions and here you have one that does it all ... less effort to develop, less to maintain and you get happier users to boot.
The second half of the presentation Vipin from the EBS HRMS team showed off what they are doing with XMLP in the HRMS product. I checked their templates, they are now shipping about 70 for their customers to use ranging from W-2's for the US to the Finnish Paylist Audit Report and that number is growing rapidly with each release.
I think the biggest benefit their customers are going to see is the ability to update these layouts to their own tastes plus localizing templates for specific countries is going to a relative snap!
The product team are also seeing benefits as can customers in the ability to consolidate datasources, many of their report extracts have been consolidated, easier for them to build, maintain and test.
After the main session we followed up with a round table 'Meet the Experts' there were about 50 folks present with questions ranging from how do I get started to how does the concurrent manager work under the covers to how can I extend the HRMS extracts to get the data I want to how do I burst reports to ten thousand retail outlets on a daily basis ... tough questions to answer without being able to show people a demo ... pictures really do speak a thousand words. If you're looking for more info, check out the our homepage on OTN or search for "About XML Publisher" on metalink and check out the docs there.
Gotta go, I think I see another casino sprouting on the runway at the airport ...