I’ve stumbled upon a great recording from the 321gang team and Geoffrey Rosenthal on Reporting on the Jazz CLM including Development Intelligence (RRDI) and Document Generation (RPE).
Even though it’s one year old this remains a useful and enjoyable view and it’s worth watching even just for the clear way of presenting the various reporting solution offered by Rational ( RPE, RRDG, RRDI, Insight), their overlap, when to use them and for what.
The full presentation is available here and a 5 minutes intro posted on Youtube.
The RPE Remote Services have been with RPE from version 1.0 and their capabilities have been increased constantly. However the support/information requests I see seem to indicate that these services are not widely used.
Is this correct I’d like to understand what are the main inhibiting factors for using the Remote Services?
Update 2014.10.17 the recording of the webinar is available here.
The GEBS Reporting webinars series focused on Document Generation and RPE continues on Thu, October the 14th with Episode 5 – Advanced hints, tips & tricks for Rational Publishing Engine and friends. For more details and registration please visit http://eepurl.com/3YtjT
The original article and the discussion around it show just how overloaded the term “reporting” is. James explains this very well so I want to focus on the “document” part. The term “document” is less overloaded compared to “report” but it is far from unequivocal.
In some cases “document” accurately describe the nature and intention ( to document a certain state at a moment in time) of user with regards to the data as in the case of requirements documents, compliance document etc.
In other cases the “document” describes only the packaging form (Word, PDF, Excel) as in the case of traffic reports, trend reports etc. Here the data would be more naturally presented and better used in a dynamic environment where the report’s parameters can be changed and connections can be explored ( drill down).
My point here is not if reporting is still relevant or not but to remark the importance of properly identifying the “report/document” type and choosing the right tool for the job. The scenarios above overlap and most “reporting” tools support the overlap to various degrees but for the best results it is important to identify and use the right reporting tool.