Enterprise Reporting Test
Every piece of software looks great at the demo. And every
software salesman assures you that just like the Vegomatic their software can do it
all. If you believe that you may wind up buying the software equivalent of
To make sure that the Enterprise Reporting Solution you are
considering can actually deliver industrial strength information to your organization,
follow this simple series of tests. If the software you are evaluating can handle these,
than you might have a keeper. If not, than I would suggest that you keep
looking. The rules are simple. In case you haven't guessed
WebFOCUS™ has no problem passing these tests and more.
- No involvement from the
DBA. Database Administrators are scarce and valuable
resource. They shouldn't have to create new tables just to create new reports. With
many products that's just what has to happen. Not only does it waste DBA time, you have
data duplication that would rival anything in the pre-database days
and all the problems that brings to the organization.
- No 3GL code. While everything can't be point and click, when it get's past
the point and click stage, you shouldn't be back writing obscure 3GL code like Basic or
Pascal. That went out in the 1970s. Just because you are on the web doesn't mean you
have to go backwards.
- Able to
handle significant amounts of data. Some tools are outstanding
performers as long as the amount of data is limited.
Unfortunately, most large organizations have large amounts of data
and an effective Enterprise Reporting tool must be able to deal with
the data volumes found in these organizations.
With that settled let's get started. First the data for the test.
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