Bursting a report means distributing subsets of a report's content to different users. The bursting feature allows you to service many users from one report. Bursting can be applied to reports of any size. The only criteria for setting up a report to burst is that it is either a:

  • Crystal Reports (RPT), with some exceptions
  • Lawson back office report, including RW100, with embedded bursting tags
  • Text report with well-formed XML structure
Report bursting concept (simplified)

The illustration shows the bursting concept where a report instance is burst into publications. This can happen on demand or on schedule. Each publication is based on a report structure and its contained elements while the actual data in the publication is based on values assigned to parameters associated with the elements in the structure.

To set up a report to burst, you need to know how to create structures in the report, create elements and attach them to a structure, and establish parameters to manage the data content of each burst structure