ad hoc reporting

Automate 2019: How to Build Self-Updating, Self-Delivering Reports and Dashboards

There’s no denying humans have a tendency to make things more complicated than they need to be. The question is why we continue to do so in an age when there is usually a way to make any task easier—or nonexistent. I think we’ve all felt the regret and embarrassment…

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Know the Lingo: 7 BI Buzzwords Explained

Originally published with BetterBuys. Finding the right business intelligence solution is hard enough without also having to decrypt industry jargon. When different software vendors use the same word to describe different (or worse, slightly different) things, it can get even trickier to find what you’re looking for. To help you get your search off on…

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Endowment Dollars for Data: An Ad Hoc Reporting Case Study

Originally published with Dataversity. The vast majority of knowledge workers utilizing Business Intelligence via their hub SaaS application, regardless of vertical, will likely never build their own reports from scratch. According to Eckerson Group’s “A Reference Architecture for Self-Service Analytics” (2016), 90% of knowledge workers in an organization use BI…

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Data Talks With Exago

The How and Why of Ad Hoc BI

Data Talks, Episode 5 Data Talks is Exago’s podcast on all-things business intelligence, analytics, and application software. This month, Bryce Lee, Director of Product Management at Strategic Insurance Software (SIS or Sisware), and Marc Jorrens, Founder and Solutions Architect with Outbound Software, talk about why they chose to invest in embedded ad hoc business intelligence...

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What Is Ad Hoc Reporting?

Ad hoc means “for this” in Latin and refers to something done for a specific purpose. Ad hoc reporting, then, is the process of creating reports for a specific occasion (as opposed to for general use). In business intelligence, ad hoc reporting supplements regular reporting by enabling end users to either duplicate and edit premade...

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Data Visualization Control

Data visualizations tend to get a lot of attention in the BI space, and why wouldn’t they? Charts promise instant insight and dazzle us with their flashy animations and appealing color palettes. Dashboards often serve as the culmination of BI product demonstrations. And yet, “time and again, we find customers coming to us because of...

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