Before I start i should flag that I'm not a developer/administrator and not particularly technical - I think this will become clear.
I'd like to find out more about BIRT (Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) - Blackboard Help) . Firstly can I use it as a (Blackboard Learn) Managed Hosting customer?
More importantly can someone explain exactly what it is and what skills are required to use it. My understanding so far: It's an open access reporting system that I can download for free from BIRT Home; Once I have it, there is a Blackboard Plugin I can download so that I can design reports that will use data from Blackboard. So, assuming I'm half-way right so far, I've two initial questions... what skills are needed to design reports? I'm pretty sure I won't have them but I will need to find someone who does. Secondly, I don't understand how it interacts with Blackboard itself. Do I upload something from Eclipse to Blackboard.... and then download the results? Or does the plugin make the connection and pull data from Bb Learn? Or, or?