This week we’ve been designing a brand new reporting system for our IssueCentre. We spent some time looking around at what other products do for reporting and there is a rather boring common theme of integration with 3rd party products like Crystal Reports. Other reporting products are good for what they are, but at the end of the day business users can’t be expected to know how to write SQL or should even need to know the term exists and yet these products by their very make-up require detailed database knowledge to produce anything decent. True to our cause, we’ve therefore decided to create our own bespoke reporting designer in IssueCentre. We believe even business users will be able to get to grips with the drag and drop WYSIWYG style page layout designer, with just the right amount of configuration so that its easy to use and yet powerful enough to get the job done. We also get the advantage of being able to use the code on other bespoke projects in future too.
If you want a sneak preview of our ideas, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, I’d love to get your input and feedback on our ideas.