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Interactive Reporting

May 30, 2013 Leave a comment

The Report Preview screen displays your report and you can choose to print, export, email the report along with several other features.   But did you know that the report in the preview window can be interactive.   Scripts in the report can respond to mouse actions including clicks, double clicks, mouse down, mouse move, and mouse up events.   These scripts can be assigned to any control on the report.  This opens up many possibilities including creating drill down reports and drill though reports.  In fact, you can have a user click on a control in print preview and open another report, open a file, go to a website, open a form, message box, input box, and more.  You can even create a menu and have the menu launch reports and more.

More to come on this exciting topic….

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End User Deployment by the IT Department

June 15, 2012 Leave a comment

A really great method of deploying Sunset Reports for end users and giving them the ability to create reports from corporate databases is to have the IT department create RDB files with all the connections to the databases already made.   This would give the end users a friendly way to choose the data sources for their reports.   Different RDB files could be prepared based on the department and permission level for the users.

End-User Reporting

June 13, 2012 Leave a comment

“End-user computing” as defined by Wikipedia refers to “systems in which non-programmers can create working applications”.   End-user reporting is similar in concept in which non-programmers can create working reports.   Report designing is an application type by itself so whether you call it End-user computing or End-user reporting, you can be talking about the same thing.

Sunset Reports puts the report design, development, and deployment in the hands of the end user.   And with so many features, there is very little the end user will find that they are missing.   In fact, all the features may seem a bit overwhelming at first.   So we highly recommend end users take advantage of the Help and Support page on our website when they get started.

Writing Reports for Users

June 11, 2012 Leave a comment

In the article “10 tasks IT should consider handing off to someone else” by Scott Lowe, he covers a very important topic, “7: Writing reports for users… to a point”.   We would like to add to that discussion, that accomplishing this requires the non IT person needs a tool that can use and master.   We created Sunset Reports to be just that tool.  Several posts have already covered this topic and if you have not tried Sunset Reports yet, we encourage you to see how well it works.

Search our blog for the term “user” and you will see several posts relating to this subject.

End of the Geek Era

June 3, 2012 Leave a comment

A recent article titled “Cloud, iPad, and the end of the geek era” published on TechRepublic hits home for a lot of IT professionals.   The future is not about relying on the IT department.   Most people that need to get their work done, are doing it themselves.   That is why a product like Sunset Reports is a good choice for users who need to create reports from corporate data.   Recent posts here show how Sunset Reports integrates with the Cloud and the iPhone/iPad and also talk more about the IT department.

Cloud Storage

Use on Mobile Devices

Getting a Report via Text Message

IT Departments Should Not Write Reports for Users

End User Deployment by the IT Department

 

 

Knowledge Worker

May 31, 2012 Leave a comment

From Wikipedia, a Knowledge worker is a worker whose main capital is knowledge.   The term is sometimes confused with Information Worker, which is a person who captures data and turns it into information.   Information Worker may be a more accurate name for someone who uses Sunset Reports.

The right tool can make being an information worker much more productive and that is what Sunset Reports is all about.   If you need to take data and …

  • Analyze it
  • Disseminate it
  • Organize it
  • Monitor it

… then check out our product.   It is probably just what you need.

IT Departments Should Not Write Reports for Users

May 9, 2012 Leave a comment

In a recent article by Scott Lowe named “Four more things your IT department  should consider not doing“, he mentions writing repors for users is not something IT departments should do for each and every report.   Sunset Reports makes this happen by being easy enough for end users to use.   What the IT department needs to do is to setup the data sources.   So the IT department sets up the data sources and then deploys the Sunset Report RDP file to the end users to create the reports.   It is a win-win situation for all.   IT does not get bogged down with report requests and end users don’t have to wait for their reports.   In fact, the end user can tweak the reports as necessary.