>  From:    Steve_Roncskevitz@GriffinLLC.com
>  Does anybody use the BIR module that comes with BPCS?

>  If you do what do you use it for?  As far as I can tell it is some kind of
>        report generator.

>  TIA.
>  Steve

We used BIR heavily on BPCS/36 to create reports & inquiries. 
We have not used it on BPCS/400.
We abandoned it because SSA provided no conversion to BPCS/400 for our over 
10,000 reports & inquiries.

Conceptually it is very similar to Query/400.
BIR inquiries could be hot-linked similar to SSA's Inquiries.

You know how on many inquiries take some command & it gets you to some other 
inquiry program with the remembered keys assist to the relevant stuff.  
BIR/36 inquiry had the same capability - take some command & you see a list 
of other BIR inquiries that are connected to this one, for a different view 
of data ... example.

With BIR/36 we had to go from primary detail file to secondary summary files, 
so we had one BIR inquiring into FMA & another into FOD for some particular 
shop order, with the link on shop order #.  How is this different from 
SFC300?  Well we were looking at fields that are not on SFC300 & were doing 
some math like % of order still to do & how does this actual reporting 
compare to standard.

BIR/36 had a sommary screen of the individual details that could be selected 
in which we specified which fields to put there, so there were many levels of 
features that you can do with Query and programming, but this was more 
user-friendly for non-programmer end-users.

I have no idea how BIR is implemented on BPCS/400.
I understand that SSA has zero contact with the creators of BIR, so BIR on 
BPCS is not as feature-rich as the original package.
We were led to believe that SSA was going to abandon BIR in a later release.

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