Reporting solutions for any company is paramount to it's quality and efficiency, for without reliable data analysis, the decision making and operating processes are not as productive. All ERP/MRP software packages have a database of information stored in them from daily operational processing, from which the software's built in reports extract and display the "Standard" information from that module. Sales reports are generated from sales activity, Purchasing reports are generated from purchasing items from vendors and receiving into inventory, etc. these software packages have reliable data and are often formatted based on the software providers interpretation of what they think you need.
I use Crystal Reports 2011 for your reporting solution.
We realize that some reports are providing an analysis over a period of time, to display a trend: Comparing sales between this year and last year to date, or the period average cost of an item over time.
Some reports are used to identify and troubleshoot the database itself: identify negative inventory quantities, identify items with zero costs, duplicate items, customer or vendor files with incomplete address and contact information, and the list goes on.
Some reports are used to export into another file format like excel because the user likes to create their own "what if" scenarios, or provide a vendor or customer a snapshot of certain supporting data, or link to other data sources to provide a more comprehensive data analysis, or maybe formats to import data into a database, that list too goes on and on.
Your company does NOT need to purchase Crystal Reports unless you plan on designing your own reports. You do need to purchase one of the Report Viewers which is much more cost effective for your organization as the reports can then be stored in a single location on your server, and ran locally on any given workstation with the correct ODBC connection and one of the prescribed Report Viewers
DataLink Viewer from MilletSoftware. cView from ChelseaTechnologies
You can link and download from the Download page and purchase on their web-site.
Please review this powerpoint presentation on how to set up an ODBC connection.
Refer to our Help section on installing and setting up your reports to work with your database, or please call me for phone support at 888-710-0007.
We can provide remote desktop support using TeamViewer!