Today, reports have become far more interactive, presenting more useful and more usable summary level information then allowing you to drill into lower levels of detail. But, many business intelligence (BI) tools used to create interactive reports suffer from three common problems:
Dates from a pre-tablet era: Reporting tools were born in a paper-based world that pre-dates the tablet era. Most reporting tools start by asking you for the paper-size you want to work with. Their whole model is page-based - it's a world of headers and footers and page totals. Today's business users want to access their information from whichever device is closest to hand - but from a business user's perspective, accessing a report designed for a desktop or paper-based world on a mobile device is never going to cut it.
Responsible for the reporting backlog: Reporting tools often produce business intelligence that is somewhat one-dimensional, sparking more questions than it answers. This causes business users to go back to IT or the BI team to request more information. And, where you have a small number of producers serving the needs of a larger number of consumers, you get delays, backlogs and ultimately frustrated users, leading to reduced adoption rates. Today's business users need tools that answer multiple questions, yet are as easy to use as an iPad app.
Forces users to adapt to the needs of the tool: Reporting tools tend to be very rigid, imposing specific workflows and methods of working on the business user. This means users have to learn the tool and, form experience, we've seen that any training required inevitably reduces adoption rates. And, with sub-optimal workflows for the task at hand, it can be difficult for users to get to the information they need to support their decision-making.
DecisionPoint™ helps you quickly create the type of modern interactive reports, dashboards, and information applications that today's businesss user needs to get answers to critical business questions.