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Oracle BI EE – Dual Table Equivalence

Posted by Venkatakrishnan J on December 31, 2007

I had received a couple of emails on how to have a table equivalent to DUAL(of Oracle Database) in BI EE. One of the major advantages of the Dual table in an Oracle Database is that you can supply some values in a select statement and the dual table will print it out for you(of course i am stating a very basic use here. There can be a variety of uses depending on how you use the dual table). Now why do we want a similar one in BI EE. Both the emails stated that in BI EE it is not possible to create a report that will print out some dummy values without including a dummy column and hiding the column. Say for example, i need a report that will just print a presentation variable or a simple dummy value like ‘Test’. If you just enter ‘Test’ or the ‘@{variable}’ in the only column that you have in the report you would get the following error while viewing the results.


How do we avoid this error. There are 2 approaches. One is to create a dummy column containing a presentation layer column and hide that column. This will bypass your “Query not referencing any table error”.



But both the emails suggested not wanting to use this approach. Then in that case use the 2nd approach which is to use a single column formula like the one below


where PRODUCTS.TOTAL_NAME will be a column from the presentation layer. The trick is to reference a column within the query but which will never be used. In the above case, 1=0 will never be true and hence ‘Test’ will always be printed. In this case you dont have to include another column and hide that column. But again this is not an exact substitute to the dual table since the query never hits the dual table. Instead the same query (using the above case statement) will be fired on the PRODUCTS table since we have used one of its columns. But till we get a similar dual functionality(i dont think we ever will :-)) use any of the above 2 mentioned methods.


P.S: Advanced New Year Wishes to Everyone!!!

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Oracle BI EE – Report Bursting using Delivers – Phase1 Using Pipelined Functions

Posted by Venkatakrishnan J on December 28, 2007

Note: Though i have shown email addresses below those are actually users. You can burst to multiple users who are part of the repository and not email addresses directly. But you can have multiple email addresses as part of a user. 

One of the very good features of BI EE is its ability to burst and send the reports to multiple users simultaneously. Lets look at how to go about achieving bursting and also at the same time look at some additional examples of how to send out the reports to multiple users whose email ids are not stored a database column. First lets look at how to burst reports out using Delivers. In order to do bursting, one would have to have a column in the database that would have all the email ids of the end users to whom you would like to do the bursting to. So, the first step in enabling bursting is to create a report containing the email id column. This report can contain all the desired filters that you want to apply on this report. For example, in my case i have 2 of my own email ids in the report.


Once this is done the next step is to create an ibot. While creating the ibot follow these steps below

1.   In the conditional request tab enter the report that we just created above. This is what will be used for bursting.


2.   Go to the Recipients tab and enable the checkbox wherein you can determine the users from a Conditional Request. Choose the column that contains the email ids.


3.   Now go to the Delivery Content Tab and choose the report which you would like to send.


4.   Also choose the kind of scheduling that you need along with the desired Destinations (Email, Pager etc).

This would give you the basic bursting capabitlites that you are looking for. But in some cases it so happens that we would like to send the reports to users whom we know but those that are not stored inside a database column. So, in order to configure delivers for this case we shall see 2 approaches

1.   Use of Pipelined Functions and Direct Database Requests

2.   Use of Writebacks

In this blog entry i shall be covering the first approach. This is not recommended for production machines. This is just for illustration purposes since Direct Database Requests are not recommended (they bypass all of your BI EE security). In order to achieve this lets start with creating a simple Pipelined function as shown below


v_inCSV varchar2(50);
v_noCSV number;
v_inSTR number;
v_enSTR number;
v_inSTR := 1;
SELECT DECODE(INSTR(p_CSV, ‘,’, 1,1),0,LENGTH(p_CSV) + 1,INSTR(p_CSV, ‘,’, 1,1)) INTO v_enSTR FROM DUAL;
FOR I in 1..v_noCSV + 1 LOOP
v_inSTR := v_enSTR + 1;
SELECT DECODE(INSTR(p_CSV, ‘,’, v_enSTR + 2,1),0,LENGTH(p_CSV) + 1,INSTR(p_CSV, ‘,’, v_enSTR + 2,1)) INTO v_enSTR FROM DUAL;

So what this basically does it accepts comma seperated email ids as its arguments and will convert them into rows of data. For example if you give ‘,’ as its argument then it will print like this


So, all you need to do is to create a new report using Direct Database Requests and typein the following

select * from table(pipe_email(‘,’))

In your case, instead of the email ids specified above you can put as many comma seperated email ids as you want. Now save this report.



Now the procedure to burst is same as the above. But now we do not have to have the email ids stored in a database column. In a later blog entry we shall see another approach to the same problem that would use Writebacks.

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Oracle BI EE – Recurring Sequence Numbers and Multi Line Column Display

Posted by Venkatakrishnan J on December 27, 2007

Another 2 interesting questions came up in the forums today. I thought i would blog about them since these are pretty common questions that come up during actual implementations. Lets look at both of them one by one

The first question goes like this (little bit modified so that we understand how it works followed by the actual method of implementation). “How do we generate Sequence Numbers in BI EE? Also, how do we make this sequence number to restart for every value of a specific column?”

The following picture shows what is actually desired.


So basically we want a recursive count or a sequence number for the entire report and also a sequence number that will give a recursive count for every Country within a Region. For Achieving the Sequence Numbers all we need to do is to have a column formula like the one below



So, what this does is it automatically determines what is the unique column within the report and will generate a ROW_NUMBER() OVER (PARTITION BY {Over that Column}) clause in the query. Now in order to get the recurring sequence number over every Region we need to have a column formula like the one below



Again, what this does it generates a ROW_NUMBER() OVER (PARTITION BY GEOGRAPHY.REGION_NAME,….) clause internally to generate the desired output. This is an extension of what we saw in my previous blog entry here

Lets move on to the second question. This question primarily deals with HTML formatting that we have seen before. But it is worth mentioning here. The question goes like this “I have a column which is concatenation of REGION_NAME and COUNTRY_NAME. But what BI EE does is it prints them side by side. What i would like to have is make them print one below the other”. The 2 pics below show what BI EE does by default and what the user actually desired.

      This is what he got      

      This is what he needed      

Achieving this is pretty straight forward. Use the column Formula below


And change the data format of the column to HTML.



Again these are very simple but can be useful in a lot of situations.

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Oracle BI EE – Drills across Sections in a Dashboard

Posted by Venkatakrishnan J on December 26, 2007

Another pretty interesting question came up the other day on one of our internal forums. A small variation of the question goes like this

” I have a tabular view of a report in a dashboard. I also have a chart view of a different report in the same dashboard but in a different section. So, if i click on a metric say Year 2003 on the tabular view then the graph in the another section alone(not other reports) should filter for the year 2003″

We will be seeing how to go about the achieving the above by creating 2 simple reports. Lets start with a simple report containing 2 columns. Year and Sales.


Create a tabular view for the above report. I have saved this report as Report4.


Now lets create another report with the same columns Year and Sales (for simplicity sake iam using the same columns. You can create any other report). But in this case lets create a chart view instead of a tabular view. Also create a filter on Report5 on year column with “is prompted” clause. Save this report as Report5.



Our aim is, when i click on any year in the tabular report(report4) then the corresponding chart view in Report5 should vary.

Now go back to the older report and go to the Column properties of the Year Column and in the Data Format tab change the data format to Custom Text and enter the following

[html] <a href= http://localhost:9704/analytics/saw.dll?GO&path=/shared/paint+demo/script+test/report5&Action=Navigate&P0=1&P1=eq&P2=TIMES.CAL_YEAR_NUMBER&P3=@ target=”biee2″>@</a>

What we have basically done is we have made the column to be of HTML format. Each and every column value is made to behave like a dynamic GO URL using the href tag. The href would basically point to the second report (report5) that we have created and will also pass the year value via “@” symbol. Do note the target value biee2. This is what we will use to point to a particular section. Save this report again.

Now go back to the second chart report and create a narrative view. In the narrative view enter the following

 <IFRAME src=http://localhost:9704/analytics/saw.dll?GO&Path=/shared/Paint+Demo/script+test/Report5 name=”biee2″ height=”300″ width=”200%”></IFRAME>


Do note the name(biee2) of the iframe that we have used above. It is the same as the target that we gave in the first report (Report4). This iframe basically points to itself (the compound layout will have the chart view and hence this will show the chart view. Ensure that you are not including the narrative view in the compound layout. Also, enable the HTML markup and restrict the number of rows to one.

Now go back to a new dashboard page and include the tabular view of the first report(Report4) and the narrative view of the second report(Report5) in the dashboard.




Now if we click on say Year 2003 the chart within the iframe alone will modify based on what we have clicked. Very simple but can be useful at times in a lot of situations.


This can also be achieved using Dashboard Navigation but in that case all the reports will be run again once and will also filter all the other views.

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Oracle BI EE – Changing Default views of Compound Layout

Posted by Venkatakrishnan J on December 24, 2007

I got another question from a customer yesterday with regard to changing the default views of Compound Layout in Answers. So, basically if you go to answers and create a new report, you would find that by default Compound layout would have have 2 views included i.e Table and Title views as shown below


But what the customer basically wanted was to include a filter and table view by default (i.e filter view instead of title view). The method is given in the bookshelf. But unfortunately it does not work as specified due to a documentation bug. In order to make this work, go to {OracleBI}\web\msgdb\messages folder and you would find a file called answerstemplates.xml. Copy this file to {OracleBIData}\web\msgdb\customMessages. If you dont have this folder then create it. Now edit this file and search for kuiCriteriaDefaultViewElements. This is the message that handles all the default values possible in Answers. Now add the the following tags to this message after the HTML tags,

<view signature=”compoundView” >
<cv signature=”tableView” />
<cv signature=”filtersView” />


Once this is done restart your presentation services. Now you would see that by default you would have got Table and Filter views within your compound layout.


If you notice, the methodology above is same as the one that we followed for enabling the sorting of reports in Dashboards here. So, use this methodology when you want to modify any custom XML messages.

P.S:   Happy holidays and Merry Christmas everyone!!!

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Oracle BI EE – Deploying JSR 168 Portlets – Displaying Reports in Web Center Suite using JDeveloper

Posted by Venkatakrishnan J on December 20, 2007

I have been thinking about blogging about this for quite some time now. I got some time today to work on this and here is the result. As you would probably know, BI EE by default comes pre-bundled with JSR-168 portlets that can be deployed in any standard Portal that complies with WSRP and JSR-168 standards. So basically one can access the BI EE reports from any standard compliant portal. Today we shall see how to go about using these compliant portlets to retrieve a sample report into Web Center Suite using JDeveloper. The entire process can be divided into 3 main phases. They are

1.   Deploying WSRP Java Containers in an Oracle Application Server   –   Phase 1
2.   Deploying BI EE JSR 168 portlets into the above WSRP Java container   –   Phase 2
3.   Calling BI EE reports from Web Center suite using the above deployed Portlet   –   Phase 3

In my case, i have the following list of components.

   1.   BI EE running on a standalone OC4J in a laptop (say Machine A)
   2.   A standard Oracle Application Server (10.1.2 or above) running on a seperate Machine (say Machine B. This is where we will deploy the Portlets). This Application Server has Portal and Wireless installed.
   3.   JDeveloper ( or above since they get bundled with a Web Center Suite OC4J) on Machine A.

Phase 1:

   For Phase 1 ie to install the WSRP container, the documentation is very clear and you can get the list of the step by step instructions here

Phase 2:

1.   Once the WSRP container has been created (in my case i have created a container called wsrp), go to {OracleBI}\web\sdk. There you would find a file called sawjsr168portlets.war. Copy this file to a local folder like D:\Portlets.


2.   Open a command prompt and navigate to D:\Portlets folder( the folder to which we copied the jsr168portlets.war file). Now type in the following command

jar -xf sawjsr168portlets.war

What this would do is it would open up the war file and will expose the contents in the same directory. So, you basically can see new directories like WEB-INF that would get created.

3.   Now go to D:\Portlets\WEB-INF and open the Portlets.xml file in a text editor. Search for and in the “value” tag enter the URL of the BI EE presentation services.

For example


Search for and enter Administrator in the value tag. For example


Search for and enter the password for the Administrator user. For example


Search for and enter a report URL. For example

            <value>/shared/paint demo/demo report</value>


4.   Now open up web.xml in a text editor. Search for and enter the machine name/ip where BI EE is hosted. For example,


5.   Now go back to D:\portlets via command prompt and enter the following commands.

jar -uf sawjsr168portlets.war WEB-INF\portlet.xml
jar -uf sawjsr168portlets.war WEB-INF\web.xml

This would update the war file with the changes that we made above.

6.   Now go to the Application Server enterprise manager and Deploy this war file inside the WSRP container that was created above. i have used biee and /biee for the application name and its URL. Ensure that you are able to access the WSDL using the URL http://MIDTIERHOST:PORT/biee/portlets?WSDL



Now our Phase 2 is complete.

Phase 3:

1.   Open JDeveloper and create a sample application using Webcenter Application as the template.


2.   Now lets register the portlet that we deployed above. Give it some name and enter the WSDL url while doing the registration. After that click on finish (keep everything else default).



3.   Once registered create a simple JSF-JSP page and include this portlet that we registered from the Component Pallette. Ensure that you are exposing the UI components with some sample class names.



4.   Now execute this JSP. You should see the sample report output.


You can also pass the report path dynamically from within web center suite. You need to bind the parameter to the URL.

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Oracle BI EE – Dates, Dates and Dates

Posted by Venkatakrishnan J on December 19, 2007

If you had checked my previous blog entry here, you would have noticed that i had briefly touched upon the date formats that you can use to get the dates to display properly in various desired formats. Today we shall look at 3 different Date related questions.

1.   How to customize Date formats that are getting displayed in Dashboard Prompts?

2.   How to generate a new date by adding years, months etc to an existing date?

3.   How to subtract 2 different dates to produce the difference in number of years, months etc?

Lets start with the first one. It is a pretty straight forward question. All that we want to do is to change the format of Dates that are displayed in the Dashboard Prompts. For example, lets start with creating a simple Dashboard Prompt on a Date Column.



As you see above, by default BI EE has taken the TIMESTAMP format of mm/dd/yyyy hh:mm:ss. But what we would like to do is to format this date field to a format say dd-mom-yyyy. Lets go to Answers and create a simple report. Now include the same date field that we used in the dashboard prompt.


Now go to the column properties and change the date format to dd-MMM-yyyy (it is case sensitive).


Now if you see below you find a Save button. Click on system wide default for this column. So what we are doing is we are basically saving this format across all the reports that use this column.


Once this is done (you dont have to save the report), go back to the dashboard. You would find that the display format of the Dashboard Prompt would have changed.


Lets go to the 2nd question. In order to address this we shall be using a function called as TimeStampAdd. Even though this is addressed clearly in the docs, i thought i shall blog about this since this can serve as some sort of example reference for these functions. Before going further lets understand some of the following constants that we shall be using in this.


As the names indicate the above are constants that make TimeStampAdd understand that we are basically adding second or minute or hour etc to the supplied date field. Below is the actual syntax of the TimeStampAdd function.

TimestampAdd (interval, integer-expression, timestamp-expression)

   Where interval can take any of the above mentioned constants,
               integer-expression is the value that you want to add to the date
               timestamp-expression is the date field that you are adding the integer-expression to

Now lets try adding 5 months to the same date field as mentioned above. So, if we have 10-Jan-2005, by adding 5 months we must get 10-Jun-2005. The formula that we should use is TimeStampAdd(SQL_TSI_MONTH,5,Times.Calendar_month_end_date).



You can also use these functions against some arbitrary date values ( the date values have to be supplied in ‘yyyy-mm-dd’ format). For example, TimeStampAdd(SQL_TSI_MONTH,5,DATE ‘2000-10-10’).

Coming to the 3rd question above, the function that we have to use for this is TimeStampDiff. This function also uses the above mentioned constants. The syntax for this function is

TimestampDiff (interval, timestamp-expression1, timestamp-expression2)

   Where interval can take any of the above mentioned constants,
               timestamp-expression is the date field that you are subtracting
               timestamp-expression is the date field that you are subtracting from

For example, TimeStampDiff(SQL_TSI_DAY,Times.Calendar_month_start_date, Times.Calendar_month_end_date) will give the difference in days of the start and end dates.


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Oracle BI EE – Scheduling Cache Purging

Posted by Venkatakrishnan J on December 18, 2007

One of the common questions that i typically get while on customer calls is how do we about purging the cache on a regular basis. Well this blog entry would give you a step by step approach for doing the same. This is just an example. You can customize this to your needs. Before going into the actual procedure lets look at an easier approach of purging the caches. If you go to the Admin tool you would basically find a cache Manager under Manager. If you open the cache manager you would find all the Logical SQL statements that have been cached. You can purge each of these one by one or you can do a Purge All.




Now lets look at automating the above process. In order to automate this we shall be using a utility called NQCMD. What this utility can do is it can accept ODBC sql calls and can execute them. So, our aim is to call this utility from an ibot via a java script. Lets first look at the syntax of NQCMD. If you go to {OracleBI}\Server\bin via command line and type in nqcmd/?, you would get the syntax as shown below.


So, basically it accepts the following important parameters

   1.   Username
   2.   Password
   3.   BI Server DSN
   4.   Input file containing the Purge SQL Statement
   5.   Output result file

Now, lets look at the list of steps to purge the cache one by one.

1.   Open a text editor and type in the following command. This command will be purging the cache.


{call SAPurgeAllCache()};

Save this file in say D drive as SQL.txt. This will be our input file.


2.   Lets start creating a simple javascript. Open a text editor and enter the following list of statements.

var nqCmd = “D:\\Oracle\\OracleBI\\server\\Bin\\nqcmd.exe”;
var dsn = “AnalyticsWeb”;
var user = “Administrator”;
var pswd = “Administrator”;
var tempInFileName = “D:\\SQL.txt”;
var tempOutFileName = “D:\\Output.txt”;
var wshShell = new ActiveXObject(“WScript.Shell”);
var dosCmd = nqCmd + ” -d \”” + dsn + “\” -u \”” + user+ “\” -p \”” + pswd + “\” -s \”” + tempInFileName + “\”” +” -o \”” + tempOutFileName + “\””;
wshShell.Run(dosCmd, 0, true);
throw e;

Save this file in {OracleBI}\Server\Scripts\Common as “Purge.js”. As you see above what this java script does it calls the nqcmd utility by passing in the relevant arguments.


3.   Now go to BI EE Delivers and start creating a simple ibot. Go to the advanced section and enter the details of the Java Script that we created. In the schedules section choose the frequency with which you would like to run this script. For testing purposes lets test this by running the script immediately


4.   Once this is done save the ibot. Now you can see that all the cache would have been purged and also you can see how much have been purged from the output.tx file.


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Oracle BI EE – Calling Java Scripts and Java Classes from iBots

Posted by Venkatakrishnan J on December 17, 2007

One of the very good features of BI EE is its ability to call custom Java Scripts and Java Classes after the execution of iBots. Lets look at some examples today. In the first example we shall see how to save the reports scheduled via ibots to a local directory using a simple Java Script. It is assumed that you have your scheduler up and running. The first step in this process is to create a simple Java Script like the one below. I have taken this directly from the docs for demonstration purposes. You can customize this to your needs.

var FSO = new ActiveXObject(“Scripting.FileSystemObject”);
var fileName = “D:\\” + Parameter(1);
var fooFile = FSO.CopyFile(Parameter(0), fileName, true);

As you see above what this Java Script basically does is that it accepts one parameter (Parameter(1)) which is the file name and saves this file to a desired location that is in D drive. You need to save this file under {OracleBI}\server\Scripts\Common folder.



Once this is done, the next step is to call these scripts in your ibots. For example, lets choose a dashboard for content, PDF for attachment and schedule it to run immediately. In the Advanced of this ibot, choose the Java Script that you had created earlier. Remember you need to pass the file name (in my case it is sample.pdf) for Parameter(1) as a parameter.






The above was pretty straight forward. All we needed to do was to put the custom Java Script in a designated folder and call that in the Advanced tab of an ibot. Now lets look at calling a Java Class from an Ibot. There are certain things that we need to understand before we proceed further. Oracle Delivers uses the Java Host Service to make calls to a Java Procedure. So, if you go to {OracleBI}\web\javahost you would find a directory called Scheduler. Under this directory you would find a jar file called schedulerrpccalls.jar. This is the scheduler jar file that we can use to directly obtain the scheduler objects like the iBot attachments, the instance, job ids etc. So, our aim is to call a Java Program after the execution of an iBot is to write the details of the iBot schedule to a text file. In this example, i shall be using JDeveloper. Lets look at the steps one by one.

1.   Open the Config.xml file under {OracleBI}\web\javahost\config in a text editor. Search for the Scheduler tag and change it as shown below.

 <Enabled>True</Enabled> <DefaultUserJarFilePath>D:\Oracle\OracleBI\web\javahost\lib</DefaultUserJarFilePath>

The reason why we are changing the above tags is to make Java Host aware of the Java Classes that scheduler would be calling. And the DefaultUserJarFilePath tag points to the directory where we would be placing our Jar file( custom jar file using our custom Java Class). After changing this restart the Java Host Service.

2.   Open JDeveloper and create a simple Application, Project with a simple Java Class. In my case i have created a simple Application called SAWSched which in turn has an application called sawsched. The final class file that i created under this project is called as

3.   In this custom java file lets include the following code. Ensure that you are including the schedulerrpccalls.jar in your Project Properties.


package sawsched;import*;
import java.lang.Thread;


public class sawsched implements SchedulerJavaExtension{
public void run(SchedulerJobInfo jobInfo) throws SchedulerJobException
System.out.println(“JobID is:” + jobInfo.jobID());
System.out.println(“Instance ID is:” + jobInfo.instanceID());
System.out.println(“JobInfo to string is:” + jobInfo.toString());
File outputFile = new File(“D:\\JavaJob.txt”);
File attachFile = jobInfo.getResultSetFile();
FileWriter out = new FileWriter(outputFile);
out.write(“User ID:\t\t” + jobInfo.userID() + “\r\n”);
out.write(“Job ID:\t\t” + jobInfo.jobID() + “\r\n”);
out.write(“Instance ID:\t\t” + jobInfo.instanceID() + “\r\n”);
out.write(“Parameter Count:\t\t” + jobInfo.parameterCount() + “\r\n”);
out.write(“File Path: ” + attachFile.getAbsolutePath());
for(int i = 0; i < jobInfo.parameterCount(); ++i)
out.write(“\tParameter “);
out.write(new Integer(i).toString());
out.write(“:\t” + jobInfo.parameter(i) + “\r\n”);
catch(Exception ex)
throw new SchedulerJobException(1, 1, ex.getMessage());
public void cancel()


What this class basically does is it creates a text file which would have details about the iBot job. The above example is available in the bookshelf.

4.   Once this is done compile this code to ensure that you have no errors. The next step is to create a JAR file out of this class. So, right click on your Project and create a Jar File. In your JAR ensure that you are also including your schedulerrpccalls.jar and the above compiled class.




I have named my Jar file as BISched.



Once this is done right click on your resources ( you would find your Jar there) and then click on Deploy.


Copy your Deployed Jar file to {OracleBI}\web\javahost\lib (The one that we included in the DefaultUserJarFilePath tag).


5.   Now lets go back to delivers and create a simple iBot and choose Java Program in the Advanced Options.


In the Java Properties enter the class name, in our case it is sawsched.sawsched and then in the CLASSPATH enter the jar file that we had bundled. Save the ibot and you would notice that a text would have been created under D drive.


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Oracle BI EE – Dynamic Report Columns using Dashboard Prompts and Presentation Variables

Posted by Venkatakrishnan J on December 13, 2007

I got a very strange request today from a new BI EE user. I thought i would blog about it since this was a very unique request. We all know that we can use column selectors to dynamically vary the column in a report. The problem with column selectors is that they are specific to a report. And the user wanted to have a dynamic column set across all his reports inside a dashboard. Lets understand this with an example. Assume that there is a dashboard prompt wherein one can enter the column names. In the same page having the dashboard prompt assume that there are 2 reports. One report has the columns REGION_NAME and SALES. The other report has the columns REGION_NAME and AMOUNT. So, what the user wanted was to dynamically vary the REGION_NAME column based on what was entered in the dashboard prompt. So, his aim was to simultaneously analyze different metrics in different reports at the same time. Lets try achieving this. We shall start with creating a simple Dashboard Prompt on the REGION_NAME column. Use Edit Box as the Control and set the Presentation Variable promptdyn. Have the default value of this prompt as GEOGRAPHY


Now, lets create 2 reports. In the first report include 2 columns REGION_NAME and SALES. Go to the formula of REGION_NAME column and enter @{promptdyn}. So, we are basically making the column name dynamic.



In the same way create the other report with @{promptdyn} as one column and AMOUNT as the other column. Now include both the reports in the dashboard.


As you see above, the default value of GEOGRAPHY.REGION_NAME has propagated to both the reports. Now lets change the value in the dashboard prompt to GEOGRAPHY.COUNTRY_NAME


Both the reports would now be having COUNTRY_NAME as the report columns. But the main disadvantage of this is that the Dashboard Prompt has to be manually entered with the Presentation Layer columns and care must be taken to ensure that we are not entering wrong values. In order to have the drop down you need to have these presentation columns in a seperate table. Maybe a future blog entry to have workaround for this edit box solution.

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