Enabling Excel Functions in BI Publisher Report Excel Output

When displaying numerical data in BI Publisher report using the Excel format, leading zeros in the output values is removed automatically by MS Excel. One way of preventing this is to use fo:bidi-override.


This, however, leads to the situation where Excel functions such as SUM, AVERAGE etc do not work on the values which are displayed using the fo:bidi-override option. This is because of the special characters which are automatically added before and after the (more...)

Oracle is proactive

Oracle being proactive about out-of-support systems, patch availability and expiring passwords is nothing new. But this takes it to a different level altogether.


Invoking BI Publisher Web services from BPEL Process to run a report

BI Publisher exposes four public Web services which can be used to perform a variety of activities including running a report.

The screenshot below is of a simple SOA composite which calls the runReport() method on the ReportService Web service to run a report with parameters. While Oracle’s official documentation is sufficient enough to make this a trivial exercise but there are still a couple of points to remember which is why this blog post is here in (more...)