Often, inefficiencies in the workplace can creep in through the smallest places. Missed opportunities or errors, even little ones, can build up over time, and in some case, even significant losses, issues, or problems can fly under the radar until they’re too big to be ignored. According to market research firm IDC, companies lose 20-30% of revenue each year to inefficiencies. For these reasons, and plenty of others, it’s important to get accurate reporting of your business, and for JD Edwards customers, the way to get those reports is through BI Publisher. Let’s take a closer look at the advantages of BI Publisher, especially when compared to other reporting tools for JD Edwards.

What You Get with BI Publisher

Used to create reports for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, BI Publisher gives you two options when it comes to reporting: embedded BI Publisher reporting and BI Publisher reporting with JD Edwards Data Access Drivers. In the first case, reports are created, managed, and processed using the JDE E1 toolset and use data generated by JDE E1 batch applications. The latter allows you to create ad-hoc, dynamic reports with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Data Access Driver, a read-only JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) driver used to accept JDE E1 data for BI Publisher reports. Depending on whichever of those best fits your needs, JD Edwards has your back.

Of course, BI Publisher isn’t the only reporting option out there for JD Edwards customers. So why stick with BI Publisher as opposed to switching to something like Optio or Create!form?

Advantages of BI Publisher Compared to Other Reporting Tools for JD Edwards

It’s free! (Sort of…)

One significant advantage BI Publisher offers JD Edwards customers compared to other reporting tools is that it’s free as a part of the EnterpriseOne developer toolset and requires no additional cost or licensing.

Hassle-free upgrades

Another advantage of BI Publisher, when compared to tools like Optio or Create!form, is its hassle-free upgrades. As a part of the standard EnterpriseOne developer toolkit, the BI Publisher tool is updated every time you upgrade your EnterpriseOne—with other tools, you’ll have to pay for your upgrades, not mention deal with upgrading the proper versions that each tool supports. For example, the latest version of Create!form or Optio may not work with the most recent E1 tools release.

Familiar design tool

Thanks to a plugin from Oracle, you’ll be using Microsoft Word for the layout design of your BI Publisher forms. As Word is an incredibly popular/widespread program, this makes the learning curve for BI Publisher much shorter than what you might find with other tools.

While you have a wide variety of options when it comes to creating reports for EnterpriseOne, JD Edwards makes things easy with BI Publisher. And since reporting is important to keep your business running efficiently, you’ll want to make sure you’ve gotten everything set up correctly. That’s where Surety Systems comes in.

With our wide network of senior-level JD Edwards consultants, we can help get your reporting situation in tip-top shape. While we’ve got our Oracle Gold Partner badge, we offer unbiased advice—no pushy salespeople here. Just helpful, actionable advice, not to mention solid knowledge transfer to your current team.

So, if you’re intrigued by the advantages of BI Publisher reporting, what are you waiting for? Contact us today.