Report Organizer Concept
The Report Organizer tightly integrates with Open/36 and the Thin Client to provide you with an administration free environment, that enable you to deliver the information to the users the way it is expected in modern days. Using the Report Organizer, you can give back control to the users on reports they requested. Once a report is printed to a printer defined as an archive printer, it is automatically transferred to the PC of the user that requested the report. The Report Organizer stunning interface can then be used to view, categorize and print the reports using the windows spooler.
The Report Organizer can also
be integrated with your Open/36 procedures to automatically archive and
categorize the reports generated by your applications. Combined with the
Thin Client GUI mode, you can enhance your applications by providing
stunning data lookups without changing the application programs.
The Thin Client technology enables PC connections to be known to the Open/36 environment. The connectivity information is maintained during the life of the connection. Using this information, Open/36 is able to interact with the connecting PC, enabling configuration free file transfer, report printing and archiving. When using the Thin Client, in archiving and file transfer commands, referring to *ACTIVE for the destination PC, indicates that the connectivity information to use, should be the information stored about the active Thin Client, eliminating the need for specifying IP addresses and other relevant connectivity parameters. This concept fully supports private networks, gateways and use of DHCP.
When the Thin Client is installed on a PC, a Default Report Repository is created under INSTALLDIR\eServer\Default Repository. This will be the repository used for archiving, unless new repositories are created to or configured as the default repository in the Thin Client preferences. A repository is simply a network location, with a predefined structure that is used for reports spooling and archiving.
Using the Report Organizer, you can create additional repositories and you can also have more than one repository visible in the Report Organizer window. Depending on your structure and organization, you may or may not wish to deploy too many repositories. Repositories can be shared among users, standard network access rights and privileges will apply. We encourage a central approach to repositories for information that is common to a group of users, department or division. Local and central repositories can be combined, providing you with great flexibility and allowing you to take full advantage of the topology in place.