By: Ryan Legge
For those of you who missed our release on Vilocity 2.0, you can read it here. As I am sure you know from having read about this revolutionary solution, Vilocity uses an open source framework to combine two powerful COTS BI/Data Discovery products for data analysis and reporting: Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) and Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID). This framework combines these two powerful tools into a single user experience, allowing users to seamlessly navigate from Business Intelligence to Information Discovery.
Several key features of Vilocity include:
We could talk all day about the benefits of utilizing the Vilocity framework to provide a truly unified Analytics capability. But for this post, we want to talk about one of the new features of Vilocity 2.0, the unique Portlet Print/Export capability.
Current OBIEE/OEID Print/Export Capability Overview
Several clients we are currently working with use both OBIEE and OEID and have commented on the major differences between the Print/Export capabilities of both products. Being a standard Dashboard/Reporting tool, OBIEE has a clearly defined and crisp Print/Export option as can be seen below.
Each analytic on the screen has an export button below it that allows users to export to a variety of tools such as PDF, Excel and PowerPoint. In this case, we will select the export to .ppt and get the below results:
The user now has the ability to change/modify the properties of the .ppt page. This is a great way to build Executive reports using several of the dashboards/analytics of your choosing. OBIEE also can use the BI Publisher tool to create reports that are designed to be displayed in exported reports.
OEID on the other hand is a true data discovery application that is designed for analysts and folks who want to get down and dirty with the data. It is more for working with the data than exporting visualizations into a tool such as PowerPoint. Currently, there are two main ways which users can export items in OEID: 1) Individual Export to .CSV 2) Screen Capture.
The Individual Export function allows users to download the data from any table or chart into a .CSV file.
The other option is the Screen Capture option which acts like the Print Screen button on your laptop. It will capture all of the images that are on your screen.
A Solution to the Problem…
As was detailed above, both OBIEE and OEID give users the ability to print/export visualizations and data in a variety of ways. However, being two different tools with different purposes, there is no consistency with the print/export options. With that in mind, release 2.0 of Vilocity has a unique print/export capability that is going to be consistent across the framework.
This capability gives users two unique ways to export any visualization on the screen to .ppt.
This modified screen capture acts in a similar function to the Screen Capture option with OEID. However, the one major change is that in Vilocity 2.0, the option only captures what is actually displayed in the application. This modified screen capture can export to both .ppt and .pdf. As can be seen in the picture below, there are two icons (.ppt and .pdf) in the upper right of the application which will export the screen to the chosen location.
You may be asking yourself, but what is the difference between the two screen capture options? The images below images highlight the differences.
The OEID Screen Capture on the left only captures what is currently on the screen and also includes the Header and Footer information. The Vilocity 2.0 Screen Capture provides all of the information that is displayed in the application (even what is below the scroll) and removes the header and footer. This has proven to be a very powerful feature for users who are looking to capture the full display and download it into a presentation.
Once again, you may be saying “But what if I only want to capture two or three individual analytics on a screen.” To help our users out with this problem, we have introduced a clipboard capability that will capture only the specific analytic chosen.
Each analytic will have an export button in the upper right corner. When this is clicked, that analytic will be captured onto a clipboard.
The user will then have the ability to continue to select additional analytics (by closing the clipboard with the x in the upper right corner) or they can export the current clipboard by selecting Export. In the below example, the user decided to capture two of the analytics on the screen. When they click export, only those two will be exported to PowerPoint.
One of the strengths of both OBIEE and OEID is the ability to look at several visualizations in one place. With Vilocity 2.0, users can now choose which analytics they want to export to any presentation.
This new enhanced print/export capability is just one of the great features that come with Vilocity 2.0. For more information on the Vilocity Analytic Framework and how it can provide your organization a return on your OBIEE and/or OEID investment, please contact Ryan Legge, VP of Public Sector, or Jim McHugh, VP of Private Sector.
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