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Extending the BI Publisher Delivery Manager – Part 3 – True Delivery Status in EBS

Posted on by Brent Lowe

This is the 3rd post in a series on extending the BI Publisher Delivery Manager. Please see previous posts here:

Part 1 – Adding Attachments to Email/Fax/Print Deliveries
Part 2 – Recipients Outside of XML Data in EBS

When delivering your documents from EBS using either a Bursting Control File or the new 12.1.3 Delivery Opts button, details about the disposition/status of the documents can be a bit flaky. When bursting, you get a status report similar to the following picture:

BI Publisher Bursting Status Report

When delivering through the 12.1.3 Delivery Opts functionality, the absence of an error in the concurrent request log is what signals a ‘successful’ status.

12.1.3 Delivery Opts Status

So while the indicators of successful vs unsuccessful delivery are present, they can be easy to misinterpret by users. Essentially, the status of ‘Success’ means that the request has been SUCCESSfully handed off to the delivering agent not the final disposition of the delivery. For email the delivering agent is SMTP and for Fax this is typically CUPS via IPP.

For email there is really not too much that you can other than trust that SMTP is going to do it’s job or wait for a bounceback. Just like sending an email from your Outlook client, once it hits your outbox you assume it has been successfully sent unless you hear otherwise. Fax on the other hand is another story, simply handing off the document to CUPS with a fax number is not enough to determine the status of the document as it could encounter a busy signal, a voice number instead of a fax number or even get cancelled on the remote side.

To help remedy the situation we have created a new form in EBS called the AventX Delivery Status Form that will show the true status of the documents delivered through the system. Looking back at the Bursting Status Report above, you’ll see that both of these transmissions were marked successful, however the AventX Delivery Status Form shows the true status of the documents as the email being successful and the fax failing because a voice was detected on the other end. Without this information, your users would believe that the fax had sent successfully.

AventX Delivery Status Form


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