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  1. James
    February 17, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Hi Nira!

    I have been reading about your adventures with Baan & BIRT and was hoping you could answer a couple of questions for me.

    We are running a version of Baan ERP/LN FP3 which has been customized.
    We are looking for a better alternative to the native text based form designer (which is not very user friendly) specifically for customizing output forms (invoices, work orders, etc)

    Our first attempt was to output the forms to XML and then reformat using MS SQL Server Report Designer, however it does not handle the conditional layouts well.

    Is BIRT the best solution?
    Where would I find the plugin for Baan ERP/NL ?
    How about HiDOX?

    What are your thoughts?

    Thanks so much!!
    – James

  2. NirajKakodkar
    February 18, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Hello James,

    You can find the plugins for Baan ERP/LN at the infor website.
    Currently Infor plugins support only Eclipse BIRT 2.2.1

    Whether to choose HIDOX or BIRT is completely based on your requirements.
    BIRT reports are completely XML and its possible to have conditional layouts.
    You can have scripted reports as well where-in you can use scripts to conditionally display the layouts.

    BIRT infact is more than a reporting tool, it is a complete Business Intelligence Tool.

    Coming to Hidox, AFAIK Hidox is Report Designer with lots of good features but again the flexibility which I will get in BIRT is far beyond what I can get in Hidox. Hidox though is easy to use simplified report designer with limited, packed features, on the other hand BIRT is a complete BI tool with complete flexibility and above all open source.

    So I feel, You can try out BIRT.

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