Compare and Contrast: DocOrigin and BIP

Are you an IT professional looking for a better understanding of the distinctions between Oracle’s Business Intelligence Publisher (“BIP”) and Eclipse Corporation’s DocOrigin?  Though having some similarities on the surface, these products differ in significant ways. And when comparing their different approaches to managing your mission-critical Enterprise outputs, it is helpful to organize the discussion into logical groupings of features.

Similar Problems – Different Approaches 

Any solution employed to manage Enterprise output needs to deal with several core functionalities:

  • a design tool to easily define output layout and formatting.
  • a focus on documents as the design goal.
  • a mechanism for data transformation and normalization.
  • an engine for the creation of the desired output (in whatever format is required).
  • facilities for managing the delivery of the output to its final destination.
  • the scope to encompass all of the types of output and destinations that organizations require.

At first blush, DocOrigin and BIP both tackle this set of requirements. However, they take very different approaches to solving these needs and, as a result, are actually quite distinct as to how solutions are implemented and which possibilities are practical.

Compare and Contrast

DocOrigin is a highly integrated, powerful, and easy-to-use application that is separate from the originating application. As such, it provides an application-independent architecture and a comprehensive set of tools that allows organizations to define and manage all of their DOM needs from start to finish. BIP is middleware designed by Oracle to standardize basic output management across their large portfolio of applications and suites. It also is the foundation for interactive BI query capabilities, giving experienced users (i.e. those knowledgeable in SQL, their specific application data, and report query techniques) access to query ERP data in an interactive fashion.

Next Generation Focus

This different focus – comprehensive output management vs. standardization across application suites – leads to distinct differences in these products in terms of how they are used, how they are set up and configured, how they operate, and their suitability to specific tasks. DocOrigin provides several critical functional areas, such as form design, flexibility, access to data, licensing, and others. That will be explored in coming posts in this blog. Meanwhile, do you want to learn more? Click here to learn more today, or call 678.408.1245.