My subject for this post – Reporting! (Perhaps you guessed! )
A few days ago I posted about “Green IT” and reporting methods and considerations to utilize less “paper”. My post today regarding reporting is simply this — I posit that it is reporting which provides the greatest value of any business IT system. Given this position I further venture to say that in this economic climate there will be an ever increasing demand for reporting which previously was neither desired, requested or dreamed of! Just within my limited client base I have seen an increased interest in looking at new ways to report the wealth of information contained within client systems.
In addition, I have also seen that in some cases to get the information now being asked for will require additional input – (being of course that if data isn’t available it cannot be reported ). This presents an interesting mix of work, application maintenance and report building – just what the doctor ordered for an otherwise “slow” time.
Through my years in IT and application development I have experienced many times the frustration of users regarding the presentation of their “data” in meaningful ways, or worse yet, their frustration knowing that data useful to them is simply “inaccessible” – “locked up” within the database somewhere. During times such as these management becomes more interested in the “finer points” of their operations – “What does this cost us? … How about that? …Can we look at …?”. During the busier times there seems to be a fear of having “too much” information, and surely “information overload” is easy to accomplish! But in these tight times the value of specific pin-pointed reporting cannot be overlooked.
Perhaps this is an appropriate time to be looking at what we can do in reporting to help our companies to succeed during this economic downturn. Wherever possible it seems appropriate that we application developers “suggest” reporting that will add value. Heck, it might also mean some job security
This probably isn’t the time, however, to suggest starting on implementing a new BI system, although wouldn’t that be nice?