BI Publisher was introduced in E-Business Suite 11i (release 11.5.10). When it was the first released, it was called XML Publisher, so references to either BI Publisher or XML Publisher refer to the same software. BI Publisher offers greater flexibility and functionality over the Oracle Reports tool, which was the traditional reporting tool in Oracle Applications for many years. In R12, BI Publisher is the reporting tool of choice.
Many developers who are familiar with the Oracle Reports tool but not BI Publisher will find it easy to make comparisons between Oracle Reports and BI Publisher features, and for that reason we’ll start this chapter by comparing the two tools.