Basic Reporting Guidelines - Week of Articles

A good percentage of my day is spent writing reports. The report formats could be SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), Crystal Reports, M2M VFP reports, or ODBC Excel Spreadsheets. The latter three methods usually involve T-SQL, which I write by hand using TOAD for SQL Server or the SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). In the past, I have searched the web for report design information, and didn’t find much. Anyway, each day this week, I will offer guidelines and suggestions I’ve learned over the years because I know many of you write reports as I do. For the most part, these will be general and not pertain to any specific report medium. Also, keep in mind that these are simply my guidelines for report creation. Your mileage may vary.

Day One – Requesting Reports
Day Two – Standardize Your Layouts
Day Three – Know What Your User Wants and Your Target Number(s)
Day Four – Exporting Reports
Day Five – Report Approval and Deployment

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