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I figure I better finish up this series of posts on the new functionality found in 12.1.3. To catch up, please see the entire series here:
Hmmm… So what is my final conclusion about this functionality? To me, the idea is good, you have a concurrent request and you want to deliver it somewhere. This form gives you that ability all using the standard protocols of SMTP, IPP and FTP that are exposed via the BI Publisher Delivery Manager. This form allows you to deliver ANY report regardless of whether or not it is formatted via BI Publisher and the functionality exists at a very central point of the user experience.
While the form does open up some functionality, I have a couple of things to watch out for those that plan to use it.
1. Ensure your users understand that there is no ‘bursting’ capability here. The ENTIRE report that is produced will be delivered to ALL addresses specified in the form. i.e. you may not want to send a range of invoices to 3 different email addresses at different companies…
2. Ensure your users understand that they will still need to pick a printer in the ‘Upon Completion’ form. Choosing a printer in the Delivery Options form is not enough. You could always default the printer for the report if applicable.
3. Understand that this is currently version 1 of this functionality. It does have some issues and inconsistencies. I’ve documented these in the previous posts that go through the specific functionality.
Here at STR Software we have been working on some exciting enhancements to our AventX product that ties directly in with this Delivery Options form as well as bursting control files that will expose a lot of really great functionality. Training is scheduled for our internal staff next week. I will post more information on this in the next couple weeks.
See some extensions of this functionality here:
Part 1 – Adding Attachments to Email/Fax/Print Deliveries
Part 2 – Recipients Outside of XML Data in EBS
Part 3 – True Delivery Status
Part 4 – Making Delivery Options More Accessible to Users
For more information: