To ensure a successful project, Met Council partnered with Oberon Technologies to define both the business and functional requirements for their project. Together they identified how the integration should perform and the full scope of the project.
Once they uncovered the requirements, the experts identified that a full integration was not needed, and that the reports could be created with an easier and more cost effective approach. They simply needed a way to get the reports from SAP into the PTC software where they could easily create, maintain and reuse the content. Furthermore, they were able to identify that the DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture) content model would best meet the requirements for structured content.
Selecting DITA as the content model provided Met Council with capabilities needed for their project.
- As a modular content model, DITA enabled reuse of topics.
- Specializations allowed Met Council to tailor the content model to their documents.
- The XML editor provided robust, out-of-the-box support for DITA.
By clearly identifying their business and functional requirements and selecting DITA as their content model, Oberon Technologies was able to help Met Council simplify their project from an expensive, full-scale integration to an elegant, cost-effective solution that leveraged existing capabilities in both applications.
With the Business Intelligence reporting system, Met Council is now able to:
- Easily upload and manage lake monitoring data using SAP® BusinessObjects
- Automate creation and update of tables, charts and graphs
- Output the visual report to Microsoft® Word
With the XML-based content solution, Met Council is able to:
- Map the output from Microsoft® Word to DITA
- Easily create and maintain narrative content
- Maintain a single source of shared content for reuse and repurposing
- Automate publishing of entire lake monitoring report or individual lake reports
The Result: Met Council reduces process time by over 90%
Kim Borman-Krinhop reported, “Our business analyst was able produce the report and refresh the data in under 10 hours this year. The scientist will simply need to update content where data values may have changed significantly, reducing the 400 hours to under 40.”
As a result of the integration, Met Council has dramatically reduced staff time for creating reports.