Enterprise reporting can be a huge pain to deal with, but it’s not nearly as complex as it looks. All the hows and whys can be summed up with three key elements of a report.
That’s really it. Everything is going to fall into one of those three categories. That’s not to say there’s no overlap, though! Delivery can be held up with design requests. Design might mean starting with your data and trying to spruce it up. And all the data in the world is useless if you can’t deliver it. It’s a vicious cycle that eats up time and money. When you’re looking for a reporting solution, look at how you want to address each issue.
Look through your current solution and break it down. Where are your bottlenecks? Where are you settling for what you think you can get instead of what you really want? What do you need that you aren’t getting at all?
Reporting should be simple. Design your report exactly how you want to see it. Access and display your data, wherever it lives, whatever form it’s in, however many places it comes from. Deliver it to who needs it, when they need it, quickly and easily. If your solution doesn’t let you do those three things, look for something new.