Report Builder Overview

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A report builder is a tool for extracting information from a database in a highly structured manner. Reporting styles can vary from simple columnar output to extravagant reports. Some reports extract and/or manipulate data from a single database, while other reports may require several databases and complex formulae to generate information in the desired manner.

 

ComQuest has a set of "pre-fab" reports --- nearly 30 in all --- which should more than meet your needs. While these reports usually fulfill the majority of end-user needs, times arise when a custom report has to be created. If the means to create/modify reports has not been included in an application, a programmer has to be hired to create the report for the user (usually at a substantial cost). A report builder puts the power of creating/modifying reports into your hands.

 

As with any new tool there is a learning curve involved. However, a willingness to experiment can pay huge dividends to yourself and your station. You can create as many new reports as you want without having to rely on ComQuest Technical Support to create them for you.

 

Report Builder is an extremely powerful tool. Practically any type of report that you require can be created with this simple, yet highly effective tool.

 

HandWe must activate Report Builder on your menu before you can access this procedure.

 

To activate Report Builder, the following section and entry should be added to the C:\ComQuest\Quest.ini file on each computer.

 

[ReportBuilder]

Installed=Yes

 

In addition, an end-user must have a security level of 800 or more in order to access Report Builder from the Reports Menu.