Extracting intelligence and insight out of data
Reporting is no longer sole preserve of the IT department, more business units are taking control of their own reporting requirements to ensure that information needed is delivered in a controlled, timely and cost-efficient manner.
Quorum has worked in the reporting space for as long as we have been in business. We have always built reports as part of our solutions; however, it is in recent years and with the advent of self-serve reporting tools that we have started working with users to assist in enabling their ability to use in-house tools.
Before you start creating your report it is important that you understand your end goal and what you are trying to achieve. To maximise the adoption of any report it is key to understand how the end audience wish to see it, will it be rows of text or some sort chart or dashboard. In our experience, we find that people who see the report for information will prefer a dashboard, while business users who are ‘working’ with a report will normally need a text-based output.
Key stages within a reporting project would include:
- Define the required reporting outputs
- Source the data
- Build the reports
- Test and validate the outputs