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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

OBIEE 11.1.1.6 BI Composer Wizard

What Is BI Composer?

Installation steps  Click Here.... Install BI Composer

BI Composer is a simple-to-use wizard that allows you to quickly and easily create, edit, or view analyses without the complexities of the "Analysis editor".
The main components of the "BI Composer wizard" are as follows:
  • At the top of the wizard is the BI Composer train, which contains buttons for each step in the wizard. For more information, see "What Are the Steps for Creating or Editing an Analysis in BI Composer?"
  • On the left are the Catalog tab and the Subject Areas tab. (These tabs are available only when BI Composer is part of an ADF application or Oracle WebCenter Portal: Framework application or WebCenter Portal: Spaces and not when part of Oracle BI EE.)
  • To the right of the tabs is the panel area, where the components for each step are displayed.  shows the "BI Composer wizard -- Create Analysis: Select Columns panel".
  • To the far right are the Back, Next, Finish, and Cancel buttons.
shows an example of the BI Composer wizard as it is displayed in Oracle BI EE.

Where Is BI Composer Available?

BI Composer is available in:
  • Oracle BI Enterprise Edition (if your organization has installed and configured it).

In Which Modes Is BI Composer Available?

There are two modes in which BI Composer is available in an application (such as Oracle BI EE) — regular mode and accessibility mode. Accessibility mode has the same functionality as regular mode but is optimized for use with screen reader applications such as JAWS. It makes it easier for users with visual impairments to create, edit, and view analyses.

Availability of BI Composer in Oracle BI Enterprise Edition

When users work with analyses in Oracle BI EE, BI Composer may be displayed in place of the "Analysis editor", depending on the preferences users make as follows:
  • BI Composer is displayed in regular mode in place of the Analysis editor, when users have specified that they want to use the BI Composer wizard as the analysis editor and have turned off accessibility mode in Oracle BI EE.
  • BI Composer is displayed in accessibility mode in place of the Analysis editor, when users have turned on accessibility mode in Oracle BI EE.
Users:
  • Specify that they want to use the BI Composer wizard as the analysis editor by selecting the Wizard (limited functionality) option for the Analysis Editor component in the "My Account dialog: Preferences tab".
  • Turn accessibility mode on or off by selecting or deselecting the Accessibility Mode box in the "Sign In page" or by selecting On or Off for the Accessibility Mode component in the My Account dialog: Preferences tab.

What Are the Steps for Creating or Editing an Analysis in BI Composer?

The steps for creating or editing an analysis in BI Composer are as follows:
  • Select Columns — In this step you select the columns that are to be included in the analysis. You can also:
    • Specify column interactions
    • Specify a column formula
    • Rename a column
    • Hide a column
  • Select Views — In this step you select the views that are to be included in the analysis, such as a title, table, pivot table, bar graph, and so on. (Note that not all views available in Oracle BI Enterprise Edition are supported in BI Composer.) You can also preview the results.
  • Edit Table — In this step you edit the layout of the tabular view (if you have included a tabular view). For example, you can create prompts, use a column to section the analysis, and exclude certain columns from the tabular view. You can also preview the results.
  • Edit Graph — In this step you edit the properties and layout of the graph (if you have included a graph view). For example, you can create prompts, use a column to section the analysis, and exclude certain columns from the graph. You can also preview the results.
  • Sort and Filter — In this step you apply sorting and filters to the views. You can also preview the results.
  • Highlight — In this step you apply conditional formatting to the tabular view (if you have included a tabular view). You can also preview the results.
  • Save — In this step you save the analysis with the same name or with a different name. You can also:
    • Create new folders in which to save the analyses
    • Rename folders and analyses
    • Delete folders and analyses
    • Expand and collapse folders

Creating Analyses Using BI Composer

In Oracle BI EE, you create a new analysis using BI Composer when you select the Analysis option on the New menu in the global header or Create section of the "Home page".
For more information on BI Composer, see "What Is BI Composer?"
To create an analysis using BI Composer:
  1. In Oracle BI EE:
    1. In the global header, click New, then Analysis.
    2. Select a subject area. The "BI Composer wizard" is displayed in a new window.
  2. In other applications (such as an ADF application):
    1. Click the Subject Areas tab.
    2. Select a subject area.
    3. Click Create. The "BI Composer wizard -- Create Analysis: Select Columns panel" is displayed.
  3. Use the Select Columns panel to select the columns to include in the analysis. For each column that you want to add:
    1. Select the column in the Subject Area list.
    2. Click Add to move it to the Selected Columns list.
    If you want to add or remove subject areas from which to select columns, click the Add button in the Subject Area: Subject_Area_Name area to display the "Add/Remove Subject Areas dialog".
    For a column in the Selected Columns list, if you want to:
    • Change the column name or specify a formula for the column, select the column and click Column Properties to display the "Column Properties dialog for BI Composer".
    • Specify what happens when you click either the column heading or a value in the column or hierarchy level, select one of options in the Interaction list for the column.
    • Hide the column in the view, select the Hidden box for the column.
    • Remove the column from the list, select the column and click Remove.
    • Remove all columns from the list, click Remove All.
  4. Click the Select Views button in the BI Composer train at the top of the wizard. The "BI Composer wizard -- Create Analysis: Select Views panel" is displayed.
  5. Use the Select Views panel to specify the views to include.
  6. (optional) If you included a tabular view in the analysis, click the Edit Table button in the BI Composer train. The "BI Composer wizard -- Create Analysis: Edit Table panel" is displayed.
  7. (optional) Use the Edit Table panel to edit the layout of the tabular view.
  8. (optional) If you included a graph view in the analysis, click the Edit Graph button in the BI Composer train. The "BI Composer wizard -- Create Analysis: Edit Graph panel" is displayed.
  9. (optional) Use the Edit Graph panel to edit the properties and layout of the graph.
  10. (optional) Click the Sort and Filter button in the BI Composer train. The "BI Composer wizard -- Create Analysis: Sort and Filter panel" is displayed.
  11. (optional) Use the Sort and Filter panel to apply sorting and filters to the views.
  12. (optional) If you included a tabular view in the analysis, click the Highlight button in the BI Composer train. The "BI Composer wizard -- Create Analysis: Highlight panel" is displayed.
  13. (optional) Use the Highlight panel to apply conditional formatting to the tabular view.
  14. Click the Save button in the BI Composer train. The "BI Composer wizard -- Create Analysis: Save panel" is displayed.
  15. Use the Save panel to save the analysis with the same name or with a different name by specifying the save criteria and then clicking Submit.

Editing Analyses Using BI Composer

In Oracle BI EE, you edit an analysis using BI Composer when you:
  • Edit an analysis from the Catalog page or from the Recent section or the Most Popular section of the Home page
  • Edit an analysis from within a dashboard
In other applications (such as an ADF application), you select an analysis to edit directly from the "BI Composer wizard".
For more information on BI Composer, see "What Is BI Composer?"
To edit an analysis using BI Composer:
  1. Edit the analysis in one of the following ways:
    • From the Catalog or Home page in Oracle BI EE, navigate to the analysis and click Edit. The BI Composer wizard is displayed.
    • From the BI Composer wizard, click the Catalog tab, select the analysis, and click Edit.
  2. Make the changes to the analysis by navigating the steps of the wizard using the buttons in the BI Composer train at the top of the wizard.
  3. Click the Save button in the BI Composer train. The "BI Composer wizard -- Create Analysis: Save panel" is displayed.
  4. Use the Save panel to save the edited analysis with the same name or with a different name by specifying the save criteria and then clicking Submit.

Viewing Analyses in BI Composer

If you are working in BI Composer in an application other than Oracle BI EE (such as an ADF application), then you can display an analysis for viewing in BI Composer. (In Oracle BI EE, you view an analyses in the same manner as an analysis created using the Analysis editor.)
To view an analysis in BI Composer:
  1. Click the Catalog tab.
  2. Select the analysis.
  3. Click View. The analysis is displayed for viewing to the right of the Catalog tab.
High Level installation steps

1. Stopped all BI services.

2. Extended BI domain with the oracle.bicomposer_template_11.1.1.jar template by invoking the config wizard in wlserver_10.3\common\bin.
The documentation had some issues through in this step as It says to skip some screens like 'Configure JDBC Data sources'. I noticed that the screens were populating wrong values and there were validation errors also when I try to skip it without correcting. So I had to correct these details before I went ahead.

3. Modifying the instanceconfig.xml to add the tag
<BIComposer>
<Enabled>true</Enabled>
</BIComposer>

4. Starting all the services .

5. Changing the preferences through MyAccount to use BIComposer instead of Editor.

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