For all the advancements in business analytics, many web reports are still quite unintelligent. Many of them are essentially glorified spreadsheets, displaying outdated data and offering limited features.
So, what features SHOULD your web reports include in this day and age? For starters, they should deliver real-time data. Aside from that, here are 5 intelligent features that any good web reporting software should include these days:
Web reports should adapt to the user’s device
Your web reports should recognize the user’s browser and display a different interface depending on the device. One web report should look and feel native to the device on which it’s viewed. For instance, if it’s viewed on a tablet, it should look like a tablet app. If it’s viewed on a smartphone, it should look like a smartphone app. If that sounds confusing, here’s a demo for you. This application appears different depending on the device used to access it. Go ahead and try it.
Web reports should display different data to different users
Suppose your sales team and your CEO want to see sales reports. While they need to access the same data, the CEO should have full access while each member of your sales team should only access their accounts. Does your current reporting software force you to create mutliple reports in this situation? A good reporting tool will let you create just one report, yet display different data to each user.
Web reports should adapt to your language preference
If you have users in different countries who speak different languages, you’ll need to provide reports in their native language. A good reporting tool will let you instantly generate reports in different languages, and then automatically display the appropriate language to each user. To see this idea in action, check out this demo report and change the language in the top gray bar.
Web reports should pull real-time data from multiple databases
What happens if your data resides in multiple databases? What if those databases are halfway across the country? What if you need one report to seamlessly access multiple databases in different locations? A good web reporting tool will make this task simple.
Web reports should easily integrate with current software
Web reports should no longer be standalone applications. They should easily integrate with any aspect of your business or current software. For instance, you should be able to build reports into Sharepoint, over your current ERP, or any other software you currently use. These days, web reports that offer limited integration options are nearly worthless
Modern web reporting is all about giving you information you need when you need it, regardless of language or device. If your company’s web reporting is lacking, you should give m-Power a try. It will let you build modern, intelligent web reports without any programming. You can even sign up for a free trial right here.