Using BIRT with Asset Manager
RF Code’s Asset Manager provides a Standard Reporting capability as well as an Advanced Reporting capability. The Standard Reporting feature is template-based with a limited amount of customization of the report criteria and data content. Standard Reporting does not allow for full customization such as page layout, advanced computations, etc. Advanced Reporting allows the user to completely design custom reports with the ability to control every aspect of the report criteria and report output.
NOTE: An additional license is required to enable Advanced Reporting in Asset Manager.
Advanced Reporting is a seamless integration of the BIRT (Business Intelligence Reporting Tool) engine with Asset Manager. BIRT is an open-source software project that provides a technology platform to create data visualizations and reports that can be embedded into rich client and web applications. BIRT is part of the Eclipse Foundation (https://www.eclipse.org/birt/).
The BIRT technology platform is comprised of two components:
BIRT Report Designer:
- The BIRT Report Designer is an Eclipse-based application that is used to create BIRT report designs. These designs are stored in an openXML format.
The Report Designer can be downloaded as a Rich Client Platform (RCP) application, a set of plug-ins to enable the Designer perspective within an existing Eclipse framework install, or as an all-in-one download that includes Eclipse. RF Code includes the BIRT Report Designer on the downloadable Asset Manager image provided by RF Code.
BIRT Report & Chart Engine:
- The BIRT Report & Chart Engine uses the BIRT Report Designer files to generate and render reports and charts. The Report & Chart Engine is embedded within the Asset Manager server application.