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Advanced Enterprise Reporting


Advanced enterprise reporting tools generate highly formatted static reports for broad distribution. Enterprise reporting offers a solid ROI on both operational and financial reporting, and as such, Advanced Enterprise Reporting is typically the first step into Business Intelligence [BI] for most companies.

This includes:

  • Batch Production of Printed and Web Reports
  • Multi-Report Scorecards and Dashboards

 

Appropriate tools are a critical factor in any Performance Management System and using the right tool for the right purpose is essential.

Report writing products typically deliver either operational reports or scorecards and dashboards well – but it is not so common for Advanced BI Reporting tools to deliver both well.

Newer reporting solutions that utilize a single platform, such as MicroStrategy allow users to compile multiple types of reports, such as:

  • Scorecards and Dashboards - highly graphical, high level KPI reports for executives. This format is optimized for quick absorption of information.
  • Standard Management Reports - for business unit managers. This includes reports such as P&L reports, performance reports and statutory reports. These reports are optimized for on-screen viewing and allow the user to drill to deeper details and related reports.
  • Managed Metrics reports - for business unit leadersor those making key daily decisions. Supports a 'manage by numbers' culture aligned to Corporate Performance Management [CPM] and evidence-based decision making. These reports allow managers to continually track the status of business performance using time series projections, actual-to-planned comparisons and process flow analyses. Graphical indicators are used to demonstrate activity to performance goals, trends over time and help the manager manage to the metrics or targets.
  • Operational Reports - highly volumes of densly populated tabular reports for all operational personnel. This data is ordered into well organized sections spanning across multiple pages in a logical order.
  • Invoices and Statements - traditional reports containing detailed transactional data and summarized information for any number of customers and partners.

Report Layouts

Report layouts combine zone-based layout with traditional banded report layout.

  • Banded Layout - most common operational layout used to very rapidly organize lots of data into a natural hierarchy of horizontal bands, making the information easy to navigate.
  • Zone-based Layout - refers to the graphical building block technique optimized for the creation of Scorecards and Dashboards, viewed on screen.

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