Windchill Business Reporting
Business Reporting is a reporting framework that uses industry leading Cognos 8.4 Business Intelligence to increase information visibility and access for business decision makers and to help reduce reporting costs by providing users with the capability to quickly develop and distribute robust reports using your Windchill data.
PDM & Process Solutions
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PTC Arbortext Content Manager
PTC Windchill PDMLink
PTC Windchill ProjectLink
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Installation and Administration
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Benefits and Description
There are a number of exciting new features for reporting in Windchill10.0.
The most noticeable additions have been to the Reporting Infrastructure capability. You, as users, have asked for enhancements to QueryBuilder and other underlying reporting infrastructure and we have delivered the following with Windchill10.0:
Instead of writing a jsp to leverage the java method and do programmatic post-processing (joins etc) outside of Windchill, you can use java methods directly in QueryBuilder, leveraging any java method someone might have shared with you at a community site or that you may have authored for a specific query.
You can do sub-selects on existing report templates (QueryBuilder queries) or do a join of report templates in QueryBuilder. This allows you to leverage existing report templates (to avoid proliferating existing Report Templates) or do a join of existing report templates in your system.
In addition, there are enhancements to the Windchill Business Reporting (Cognos) framework. The most notable of these enhancements relates to Import/Export of Cognos based reports which simplifies moving a report across systems (for example, from developemnt to testing to production). With Windchill10.0, you do not need to worry about exporting all of the Info*Engine tasks or QueryBuilder queries (with their dependencies) and relevant Cognos based report specification. Similarly, importing a report zip file updates the QueryBuilder queries and Info*Engine tasks, as well as the Cognos model and report specification.
Other improvements include:
Simplified Administration – The reports on the Cognos page can now be organized in folders on the Windchill Business Reporting page.
Report layouts in sync with modern, clean and crisp color and user interface scheme for Windchill 10.0.
Several performance enhancements in Windchill-Cognos integration, all of which benefit users who have huge reports with large result sets.
Windchill Business Reporting now includes latest version of Cognos BI solution from IBM (Cognos8.4.1). This newer version of Cognos is certified for latest platforms (browsers, server OS) and has enhanced portal support.
Windchill10.0 has several new out-of-the-box reports including dashboard and monitor reports in the areas of change management, Windchill MPMLink, Windchill RequirementsLink and Windchill ProjectLink.