InetSoft Reporting Software - Report Section Layout

InetSoft's reporting software gives sophisticated report section layout tools that are powerful and flexible. View the example below to learn more about the Style Intelligence solution.

In the ‘Interactive’ report, the ‘Sales by Geography’ element is a section. You must be in Ad Hoc mode to modify a section. Right-click on the section (if you right-click on a field within the section, use the ‘Section’ sub menu) and select ‘Properties’.

You can change the color, visibility, and borders for all the bands in the section. The three bands in a Section are ‘Header’, ‘Content’, and ‘Footer’.

You can add new elements from the left pane by dragging them into the layout on the right. You can change the position and size of elements on the right by selecting them, then dragging the element or its resize handles. You can also modify the properties of elements in the layout by selecting them, right-clicking, and choosing ‘Properties’.

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“Now for the realistic side of agile BI. It's not a silver bullet. There are some potential bumps in the road as you go down this road of implementing agile BI, and I want to point those out. So we will talk about some of the do’s and don’ts. And then I will come back at a later point and talk about how we can get started with this agile BI environment.

So let's talk about the top do’s, the first do. Focus on the business needs. I can't say it enough. You need to understand what your business users want. You need to understand what they are trying to solve and then stick with it. The second sub-bullet here is something that I find a lot of BI implementers doing. They try to not only implement the basics of a BI solution to meet the first level requirements, but they dream too big, trying to reach too far. Unfortunately, the scope can expand very rapidly in that kind of an environment, and it can get out of control very, very quickly.

So the first do for implementing agile BI is to maintain your focus, and that focus is on what does the business want. What is the solution that I am trying to build in this very short amount of time? The last bullet point there is also something that is critically important and is sometimes missing in a lot of BI projects, whether it's agile BI or traditional BI. You have to identify a main point of contact in your business user community.” Mark Flaherty, Chief Marketing Officer