You want your mobile application to stand out from the crowd, and you need a great reporting solution that embodies responsive design to help get it there.
But identifying the best reporting component can be a convoluted process. Where do you start? What are the most important items to think about? Which specific questions should you be asking yourself?
Here’s a list of 8 key topics to consider.
#1 REPORTING APPLICATION INTEGRATION
This section is designed to help you identify the ease with which you will be able to embed an application into your own application and current setup.
- Does the solution work with the mobile platform you’re using? If not, how difficult will it be to modify your setup so that it does?
- Does your current hardware and software meet the program’s minimum requirements, or will you have to invest in upgrades?
- How bare bones or bloated is the solution’s API?
- Will you need to install an SDK, and how might that affect implementation and usage?
- If you expand your offering to other mobile platforms in the future, will the reporting component work with those platforms as well?
#2 DATA & DATABASE CONNECTIVITY
Getting your data into a report template is often one of the most confusing processes in the report generation cycle. Help eliminate some of that confusion by asking yourself these questions:
- What data sources do you need in your reports?
- How many different data sources do you need at one time?
- What types of data (e.g., Big Data, XML) do you use?
- Does the package ensure data security?
- Does the software allow you to filter data categories?
- How difficult is it to learn how to use the data functions?
- How does the report template itself handle your data? Does it have features you need such as built-in formulas for working with data, page breaks and built-in charting?
- Are you using a local copy of your database for reporting in the field, and if so, does the solution offer full support for this?
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Author: Heidi V. Anderson
Heidi has been writing professionally about computers, technology and the Internet for more than 20 years. She lives in Vermont where she taps her maple trees for syrup and most of the year wishes it was just a little bit warmer out.
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