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Why InetSoft?

InetSoft's database reporting tool is easy enough to be:
  • Deployed in just weeks
  • Learned by end users with minimal training
  • Used by any executive without the aid of IT
agile enough to be:
  • Adaptable to changing data and business needs
  • Used for data exploration through visualization
  • Capable of maximum self-service
and robust enough to:
  • Attract the attention of executives
  • Meet the demands of power users
  • Scale up for organizations of any size

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About InetSoft

Since 1996 InetSoft has been delivering easy, agile, and robust business intelligence software that makes it possible for organizations and solution providers of all sizes to deploy or embed full-featured business intelligence solutions. Application highlights include visually-compelling and interactive dashboards that ensure greater end-user adoption plus pixel-perfect report generation, scheduling, and bursting. InetSoft's patent pending Data Block™ technology enables productive reuse of queries and a unique capability for end-user defined data mashup.

This capability combined with efficient information access enabled by InetSoft's visual analysis technologies allows maximum self-service that benefits the average business user, the IT administrator, and the developer. InetSoft was rated #1 in Butler Analytics Business Analytics Yearbook, and InetSoft's BI solutions have been deployed at over 5,000 organizations worldwide, including 25% of Fortune 500 companies, spanning all types of industries.

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Three Principal Ways to Retrieve Data

There are three principal ways to retrieve data from a data source:

  1. Query: A query is a specific request for data from the data source (i.e., a request for specific columns and rows), typically written in the SQL language. Style Studio provides a wizard to make query creation easy. See Query a Relational Data Source for information on how to create a query.

  2. Data Model: A data model provides an all-encompassing representation of your data, a view into your database suitable for business users. Because a data model is not a specific request for data, but rather a model of your database schema, it is much more flexible than a query. See Data Models for more information.

  3. Data Worksheet: A Data Worksheet can represent a complex query or a mash-up data from different data sources. See Create a Data Worksheet for more information.

The table below highlights the advantages and disadvantages of these different approaches.





Mash up data from different data sources




Quick to create




Create complex queries

Partially (via SQL string)

Partially (via SQL string)


Facilitate self-service (see below)




Accept SQL string




Import data from non-datasource




Available for non-relational databases




Self-service refers to the ability of an end-user to make their own data selections. Queries and Data Worksheets are limited in this regard, because they provide access only to the fields that they were originally designed to provide (although, of course, a user can choose among those fields). Because a data model provides a broader view into the entire database schema, it gives the user much more flexibility in selecting data and greatly enhances self-service.

Making a Good Reporting Team

It is common for multiple developers to work on the same set of projects, and Style Intelligence supports such team development in a variety of ways.

To set permissions for Dashboards, Data Worksheets, and folders, use Enterprise Manager. See the WebApp documentation for more details on server administration.

Reports, data sources, queries, data models, and reusable assets such as table styles and parameter sheets are created on the desktop using Style Studio. A developer who works on these assets must therefore have an installation of Style Studio. The easiest way to develop these assets as a team is to utilize a shared repository. The repository is the location from which Style Studio reads and writes these assets, and by sharing the same repository developers can access and edit the same assets.

There are three different types of repositories, local, database, and server, and any of these can be shared for team development. See Configure a Repository and Sharing a Repository for information on how to set up and share a repository. To deploy assets from one repository to another (e.g., from a development repository to a production server repository), see Deploying an Asset.

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