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Re: Reports 6i replacement options.

From: Preston <dontwantany_at_nowhere.invalid>
Date: 21 Apr 2006 14:08:16 GMT
Message-ID: <4as7aaFu8btcU1@individual.net>


frank.van.bortel_at_gmail.com wrote:

>
> Preston schreef:
>
> > We're starting to look at replacements for Reports 6i before the
> > extended support expires. As I understand it, Reports 10g needs
> > either Oracle Forms & Reports Services or Application Server
> > Enterprise Edition, both of which are licensed as ASEE, meaning
> > significant additional cost; especially as we don't want or need
> > any other AS functionality.
> >
> > Can anyone recommend an alternative, either web-based or
> > client/server, that runs on Windows & won't break the bank?
> > Something that can make a reasonable attempt at converting 6i
> > reports would be ideal, but not mandatory. Ideally it needs to be
> > easily distributable & installable as we have an ever-increasing
> > number of sites, most of which have zero IT expertise on site.
> >
> > TIA
> >
> > --
> > Preston.
>
> I recall something about Forms/Reports and installation on 10g OC4J
> (that would be the minimal install of the App Server)

I vaguely remember that too, but as all the options for Reports 10g on Oracle's website specify ASEE licensing, presumably any 'workarounds' would be unsupported at best, & illegal at worst.

> - better contact
> your Oracle Rep, and make sure to ask specific questions, and point
> out the consequence: no sale! :)

Good plan - I'll suggest that to the powers that be.

> For new developments: why don't you look at Application Express?
> Current version does graphics and PDF at no extra cost - can use the
> Apache by Oracle as delivered with the database - same licence, no
> extra cost.

I had a look at that a few weeks ago, & nearly gave up after three days of grief trying to install it. I should've realised things wouldn't go well when the first step failed miserably. "Application Express is on the 10g Companion CD." Err... no it isn't - not the x64 version anyway. I did eventually get it working using the 32-bit version, but it was a LOT of hassle.

Having said that, it did seem pretty good once working. Unfortunately the person who makes the decisions in our organisation is 100% Java-centric, so I doubt APEX will be 'officially' assessed anytime soon.

-- 
Preston.
Received on Fri Apr 21 2006 - 09:08:16 CDT

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