I like to fancy myself a technical person, even though a large part of what I do these days is more management consulting. My background is in programming, optimizing, parallelizing compilers to be exact, but it has been a few years since I did any real hardcore coding. However, apparently I have gotten a bit rusty, as I had a bit of trouble in deploying an open source BI application that I was hoping to use as a demo for an ongoing project. I had downloaded the BIRT tool (a plugin for Eclipse) and was able to successfully install and run the report editor, but was unable to get the same report to load up in the Tomcat application server. But after a week of frustration, I tried a new tactic: I read the online manual. After carefully walking through it step-by-step, I was able to get the viewer running and then, voila - my developed report was loaded up through the app server into my browser.
Hey, if you are interested in open source BI tools - first check out this article by my esteemed B-Eye colleague (and brother), Pete Loshin.
Posted March 29, 2006 1:33 PM
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