Ad-hoc reporting is a type of business intelligence (BI) whereby non-technical BI users build and distribute their own reports on the fly. With ad-hoc reporting, you only need a developer or IT professional to set up the solution, connect it to existing datasources, and establish security parameters and privacy options. From there, all of the actual templates and reports are created by users on the business end—no prior development experience required!
Ad-hoc reporting is a solution designed for specific business problems or tasks, meaning BI users can run one-off reports and analyze the results without requesting information from their IT department. Reporting solutions like Windward empower business users to act upon their data independently, without wasting development resources. BI users can change exactly what data is displayed in their generated report. After creating the template, users can set what rows of data are rendered in the report based on the variables passed to the datasource during output. For example, you may have a table that lists all sales for your company. You can pass in filters to limit the table to sales in just the western region over the previous quarter. Your next template may include all sales for one rep across all regions and all quarters. You can filter anyway you want without ever changing the template itself. With Windward, define the filter and our powerful Engine API takes care of the rest.
Great ad-hoc reporting solutions should always be quick and easy-to-use, especially for the independent business user. That's why Windward develops its functionality with the end-user in mind. As an add-in for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, BI users can take advantage of a familiar design environment without the extra need for training. Not only does our Engine support almost every programming language, but our solution can be either embedded into an existing application or run as a standalone solution (Windward Solo). Get your reports when and how you need them with Widnward's exceptional reporting software.
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