Today's reporting tools also known as data visualization tools go beyond the standard charts and graphs used in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. They can display data in more sophisticated ways such as infographics, dials and gauges, geographical maps, heat maps, and detailed bar, pie and other charts.
Visualizations have been helping people understand data for centuries. Clear and accurate reporting tools play a pivotal role in any business decision today.
We are now living in a Golden Era of data visualization. We can proudly say that behind any smart business decision lies a significant amount of data visualized in the best possible way. A complete set of reporting tools can be critical for a well-designed and optimized data visualization.
Let’s review the major functionalities of reporting tools. Primary is data presentation: A complete reporting tool has an easily accessible and intuitive report designer that requires minimal training to use. The designer typically provides numerous styling capabilities, such as conditional formatting, CSS-like styling and countless wizards to help users create complex report layouts, style reports, manipulate data and build visually appealing presentations. By using data-bound items like maps, charts, crosstabs and sub reports, users can present interactive report decks and other elements (dashboards, reports by region, invoices, inventory reports, barcode reports and much more).
Then come the report viewers which enable reporting integration with other applications. When a user relies on a reporting tool, they must be able easily and quickly embed reporting functionality into existing line-of-business desktop or web applications throughout report viewer controls and without significantly restructuring or modifying anything. The complete reporting tool ensures integration with most relevant .NET and JS technologies.
Next is the ability to export seamlessly the ready reports in any possible format.
Finally, is full control over data. Complete reporting tools deliver relevant information from any data source - OLAP cubes, databases, Excel and xml files, business objects, etc. to compile the reports for any business need.
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