University of Illinois System

EDDIE & Webi New Features

These new features will be available after the upgrade of EDDIE and Web Intelligence Rich Client is completed on April 1, 2019.

Notification Alert EDDIE

Notification capability enables an Administrator to send alert messages to the user. Using this feature, administrators can notify selected users about critical messages and other related information (for example, system downtime). The alert message appears as a notification popup in the BI launch pad screen when the user logs on.

Recycle Bin in EDDIE

Recycle Bin is now available EDDIE. When the user deletes an item, it is moved to the Recycle Bin, where it is stored for 90 days. This gives the user the opportunity to recover accidentally deleted reports/folders and restore them to their original locations.

Scheduling Enhancements

  • SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) is a new destination when scheduling a document. 
  • EDDIE now supports recipient delivery rules, making it possible to send the document only if it contains data or if it has been fully refreshed. If the condition isn’t met you have the option to set the status to Warning or Failed.

Print settings when printing a document

  • It is now possible to choose the following print options: 
  • Page Orientation
  • Number of Pages 
  • Print Range
  • Margins
  • Scaling 

Option to close Web Intelligence Rich Client rather than keep running in the background

Within in Web Intelligence Rich Client under Options/General you can uncheck the “Keep process active after closing last window.”

Prompt Variants: saved prompt values

You can save a group of often-used prompt values for a document as a prompt variant to be used again in future refreshes without having to save the report.  This can greatly reduce the number of saved reports; for example Standard Finance Reports, which become outdated in users’ Favorites folder.

Multiple queries run in parallel rather than sequentially

A report containing multiple queries will run these queries at the same time.  The total run time will complete close to the time of the longest running query; for example, a report with three queries running a minute each will now run about a minute rather than three minutes.

Multi-column selection in report tables

When you want to format a sequence of cells in a table, you can use the Shift+click and Control+click keyboard shortcuts.

Selection of null values in the List of Values

The list of values (LOV) now includes a null value option.

Dash Lines support in charts

You can now choose between different line styles in charts: dashes, dots, dashes and dots or plain.

Geomap charts

Geomaps are a new type of visualizations that represent data geographically, rendered via the graphical engine, and let you match specific parts of your dataset with precise locations around the world via a geographical database embedded in Web Intelligence. Via the graphic engine integrated into Web Intelligence, you can look for specific locations that you can link to the values of selected dimension objects and visualize your data on a map.

New gauge charts

Three new gauges charts are now available in Web Intelligence: Angular Gauge, Linear Gauge and Speedometer.

Shared Elements

You can save objects from one report and insert them into another report by saving to you Favorites folder. This could save time rather than reproducing the same object(s) in a new report.

Formatting multiple report elements

You can now format multiple report elements simultaneously. Resizing, aligning, defining borders, background colors, or relative positions are examples of what is possible when formatting multiple report elements simultaneously.


You can now create different types of breaks. With same level breaks, the header is displayed at the same level whenever you select multiple objects for a break. The breaks depend on the layout of the table, meaning that the first break happens whenever a value of the first object in the table layout changes.With value based breaks, you can create breaks based on specific values that you have selected. A new Values button next to the Value-based breaks option allows you to select values for the break. The header and the footer only display for the values that you have selected. The breaks happen on the values you have selected.

Document level input controls

You can now apply an input control to all reports within a document.

Group of input controls for cascading values

Until now, filters and input controls were independent, leading to inconsistent selections when selecting values from large lists that couldn't be filtered. Now, users can now create groups of input controls that interact with one another; for example, if you select a particular university, you will only see the colleges for that university.

Improved RelativeDate() Function

You can now have more date options with the RelativeDate() function in your calculations, including Year, Semester, Quarter, Month, Week, Day and Hour.


References are shortcuts to cells whose data you want to reuse. They have been introduced to provide more flexibility when designing reports. You can use references anywhere in a report or in a formula. As an example, you can use reference to create a summary report that references figures from other reports. At refresh time, references are replaced by the content of their target cells. References can be consumed in an entire document and used for conditional formats or any other calculation.

New DatesBetween function

The new DatesBetween function allows you to calculate the number of periods between two dates, irrespective of the time.

New TimeBetween function

The new TimeBetween function allows you to calculate the number of periods between two dates, taking the time into account.

Additional Attributes for a Date and Time Object (Time Dimension)

A right click can now give you an easy way to add attributes to a date field.  The attributes automatically available are the Year, Quarter, Month, Week, and Day for a given date and time object. Semester is an attribute that is available, but due to the varied dates when a term can start and end, we don’t have an accurate method to replace the defaults provide by the tool.

Excel, Text and Comma Separated Values (CSV) files as a data source in HTML Web Intelligence

The HTML version of Web Intelligence can now use Excel, Text and CSV files as a data source in addition to a Universe.