Features To Look For In Reporting Software
Posted 2022-09-13 by Merandex.
Reporting is one of the most overlooked aspects in a streamlined operation. It can be difficult to find reporting software that has every feature you need without paying for ones that you don't, which is why Merandex offers custom reporting software services. If you're looking for an out of the box product, here are just a few features you should keep an eye out for.
Having your data connected to reports is obviously one of the biggest advantages reporting software can bring. Instead of having to manually input data into a platform that churns out a report, the data should be right there at your fingertips for you to access. Depending on where your data is stored, you may need certain APIs or capabilities, and not every out of the box solution has that.
A robust reporting platform should have a number of ways to choose from to represent data. Everyone prefers to visualize data differently, and it's important to be able to have the freedom to pick what makes the most sense to them. A good reporting platform would also have suggestions on which visualizations to use to most accurately portray the information needed.
Users should be able to interact with a report how they want. Static PDFs no longer cut it. A good report should have data that appears when you hover over an element, the ability to drill down, and filters that let you see only what you want to see. Additionally, these should be able to be shared on a secure server that ensures only the eyes that see it are the ones that need to see it.
When you're pulling data from multiple sources, things can get caught up and lost in translation. A good reporting platform needs to have the capability to communicate effectively and quickly with all of those sources and make changes relatively quickly without having to send to another system for processing.
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