Are you familiar with Host Analytics Report Books? If so, do you often times find yourself needing to create multiple Report Books, each with a different report or dimensional list of data to get the information you require? Is it becoming a daunting task for your administrators to keep up with changes and a file cabinet that is flooded with multiple Report Books? In this blog, I’ll discuss how you can save time with the new Report Collections functionality, Report Books’ successor, and the next big thing in Report Bursting.
Host Analytics has recently replaced outdated Report Books with more robust functionality entitled Report Collections. Using Report Collections, you can store multiple Report Books within the same collection and run them all with a single click of a button. Additionally, you can generate and distribute reports conveniently via email or save them within the file cabinet.
With this enhanced functionality, you can create different Report Books using different bursting methods. There are three bursting options to optimize your Report Collection. They are as follows:
- None – Simply put, there is no enhanced feature when compared to the old Report Books. With this option, you would choose a set of reports to run together and be collected in one Excel or PDF file.
- Single Dimension, Multiple Members – This is similar to creating a Report Book using a List. With this functionality, you have the option of choosing a single dimension (i.e. Account, Department, Company, etc.) and multiple members within that dimension. This gives you great flexibility in how you choose to run your reports.
- Multiple Dimensions, Single Member – This is a great feature when you need to run a set of reports each with a different dimension combination. For example, you can choose multiple dimensions (Department and Company), each with a single member (Department 1 and Company X).
The chart below helps to illustrate the different methods:
If you aren’t using Report Collections , I hope this blog has convinced you of its many benefits. Contact your Host Analytics representative to get Report Collections turned on today! Stay tuned for part two of this series where I will discuss another new feature within reporting that will save you time and effort.
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