Archive for July, 2012

Report Quality Factors

July 30, 2012 Leave a comment

The quality of a report goes beyond just the fact that the report has the correct data shown and the appearance is appealing.   The quality of a report affects how and even if the report is used.   There are several factors that define a report with quality:

  • Correctness – Extent to which the report satisfies the specifications and fulfills the user’s needs.   This includes traceability, consistency, and completeness.   Are all necessary details included?   Are unnecessary details omitted?  Are numeric values presented in the proper precision?
  • Usability – Ability to interpret the information on the report.   Is the report self-explanatory or will training be required to understand it.   Are the results needed easily interpreted.
  • Maintainability – Ability to update the report with minimal effort.   Consistency, simplicity, conciseness, and modularity all contribute to this factor.  What happens when a data source changes?
  • Flexibililty – Ability to reuse a report for different requirements.  Is the design general and expandable.

At a more detailed level and particularly for data fields, parameters, and calculated fields, the following checklist can be used to improve the quality:

  • Proper types
  • Initial values
  • Handling of nulls
  • Computations use correct types
  • Handling of overflow, underflow, or division by zero
  • Rounding and truncation
  • Out of range values
  • Order of precedence
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More Features

July 28, 2012 Leave a comment
  • Powerful enough for the IT department & simple enough for end users
  • Lower initial and ongoing costs compared with competitor’s products
  • Handles document files from other software as well
  • Designed using award winning components and the best of proven technology
  • On the road! Request and receive reports via Email on your mobile device in a password protected PDF or various other formats
  • Connect to your accounting software, corporate databases, CRM, ERP, project management system or just a spreadsheet
  • Great for Data Conversion and creating new Excel files from Databases
  • The perfect data analyst tool
  • Companion to Microsoft Office
  • Use as the engine to drive a cloud solution

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Want to Make Money?

July 23, 2012 Leave a comment
We are looking for some reports or documents created with Sunset Reports to use as examples of what can be done.   Contact us at for the details of this offer.   If we accept your submission for inclusion on our website on a new Examples webpage, we will pay you $100.   You may make multiple submissions and you can make $100 for each submission we post.   This opportunity is for a limited time, so act now.
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Report Design Process

July 20, 2012 Leave a comment

For any report design, there are some formalities relating to the design process that should be followed:
• Collect requirements
• Define specification for report
• Design report
o Data connection
o Data fields
o Filtering
o Sorting
o Grouping
o Calculated fields
o Parameters
o Bands
o Controls
o Appearance
o Code
• Test report
• User acceptance
• Maintain Report

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Business Reporting Software

July 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Choosing the right Business Reporting Software is critical to the success of your organization.   Sunset Reports provides just what you need for to get the data converted to information and distributed to the people that need it.   Here are some of the critical features that you should look for:

  • Quick and easy report design with intuitive interface
  • High quality reports with graphics, charts, and links
  • Create reports from numerous data sources
  • Ability to create queries for sources that don’t have the views required
  • Simple to generate and schedule reports
  • Can utilize built-in formulas, perform calculations, and provide user defined filters

Implementation Planning

July 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Here are a few things to consider for implementation of Sunset Reports:

• Set goals (See previous blog entry)
• Assign responsibilities
• Training
• Establish who the users are, what data they need, and security measures
• Establish what reports are needed
• Design reviews for new reports
• Conversion of existing reports
• Acceptance criteria with quality and accuracy checking

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Types of Reports

July 9, 2012 Leave a comment

By definition a report is a document that is organized in a tabular, graphical, or narrative form.  There are many different types of reports that can be created.   These include: Transaction Reports, Tabular/List Reports, Matrix Reports (Pivot Grid), Catalogs, Labels, Mail Merge, Dashboards/Scorecards, Schedules, and Calendar Reports.   All these can all be accomplished pretty easily with Sunset Reports.   Check out the sample reports that come with the product to see examples of most of these different types.