Ad Hoc Reporting
Ad hoc reporting is a business intelligence model by which reports can be quickly and easily created, allowing end-users to make their own reports. In this model, non-technical users can build their own reports with little training. This means that IT or technical users only need to set up the BI solution, connect it to the data sources, and decide which objects the end-users can view and edit. From there, all the report-generating work can be done by the end-users.
Why Ad Hoc Reporting is Beneficial
Ad hoc reporting provides many benefits for a business. Because the ability to create reports is in the hands of the end-user, they can create their reports to specifically fit their needs and preferences without having to explain them to IT and wait for them to build the report. Additionally, reducing the need for technical users frees up IT resources and saves time by allowing end-users to start working on their reports instantly.
Ad hoc reporting also saves time and money by reducing the need to train employees. When reports are easy to create, end-users are also more motivated to produce reports and collaborate with other non-technical users.
Which Companies Benefit Most from Ad Hoc Reporting?
Although nearly all companies would benefit from ad hoc reporting as it makes reporting quicker and easier, companies with large amounts of non-technical workers would gain the most from it. For example, in a company with a large sales team, each of the sales reps would be able to create reports for their own benefit and to share with the rest of the company, because they are the ones who are driving the business to understand the business analytics. Without ad hoc reporting, the company would either have to employ their IT workers to create these reports, or spend more time and money training the sales reps on how to generate them.