InetSoft Product Information: Ad Hoc Report Layout

InetSoft's Ad Hoc report software provides users with sophisticated layout tools that ensure a high level of satisfaction through self-service.

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In the Report Portal, you can change the layout, page size, and orientation of reports that use Tabular layout. This section demonstrates these features using the ‘Ad Hoc’ report, located in the ‘Tutorial’ folder within the Repository panel.

You can enable Ad Hoc mode for a report either before or after generating the report. The following sections discuss the two approaches.

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To make Ad Hoc edits to a report before generating the report, follow the steps below:

  1. Click the Design tab in the Report Portal.
  2. Under the Design tab, click the ‘Report’ link. This opens the ‘Report Wizard’ page.
  3. Click the desired report in the Repository tree. This opens the report template without generating the report. Only meta-data is shown.
  4. Click the ‘Ad Hoc’ button in the report toolbar to enter Ad Hoc mode.
  5. Edit the report using the Ad Hoc tools.

To make Ad Hoc edits to a report after generating the report, follow the steps below:

  1. Click the Report tab in the Report Portal.
  2. Click the desired report in the Repository tree in the left panel. If the report contains parameters, a parameter screen may be shown at this point.
  3. Enter parameters (if needed) and click ‘Submit’. This generates the report, and opens the report for viewing.
  4. Click the ĎAd Hocí button in the report toolbar to enter Ad Hoc mode.
  5. Edit the report using the Ad Hoc tools.
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"The technology we began to use a couple of years ago in our ad hoc reporting tools on the enterprise reporting side, and we found that to be very flexible, and that is enables the delivery of desktop quality business intelligence applications. So we expanded the use of this interface. You can see how flexible it is. The analytic application looks like a spreadsheet. You can do a lot of the same things you can do on a spreadsheet, but it’s a Web application. It’s really amazing.

Executives and technical users really like the interface. The technical users, they typically say “wow, you can do this!” The business end users typically see straight through to the benefit of using such an interface which is so sophisticated and allows them to do these things they can do on the desktop. And this observation is really the more important one.

The “wow” factor doesn’t really express a business need, but when you need to get work done, the business executive says, “wow, you can really get the answer to this question I have, by making simple formulas, by dragging things around and arranging the data in any way that I want." - Luke Liang, CEO, InetSoft

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