5 Ways Automated Reporting Can Help Your Company

Having an established data culture is vital in this day and age. Every business would benefit from data-driven decisions, and yet in order to get to that step, we must create the fundamental reports. Luckily, most data analytics platforms have tons of filters that allow you to drill-down and focus on those important insights. However, adjusting these reports takes a lot of time and effort, which most managers just can’t spare. So, why not make the process easier by automating it? Well, if you’re already using Qlik, then the answer is closer than you might think. And if you aren’t, then continue reading because, by the end, you may be enticed to make the switch. “Why?” you may ask. Well, because today, we’ll be talking about the awesome power of Qlik NPrinting. So sit back, relax and check out these five great ways NPrinting’s automated reporting can help your organization.

5 Ways Automated Reporting Can Help

Forget About Overtime – From our experience, this is the number one reason clients want to switch to automated reporting. Creating reports takes lots of time, and spending it every month, or in some cases, every week just means you won’t be spending a lot of time doing value-adding activities. Sure, you can appoint multiple people to help out with this and reduce the time spent, but in the end, that’ll just amount to less work being done overall. Automating this repetitive process only makes sense.

In most of our NPrinting projects, we’ve encountered situations where a single person was in charge of creating and distributing a large number of reports. This process would take them a week, or sometimes even more. Imagine having to deal every month. Luckily, after the initial setup, the automation cut that time to mere minutes. If this isn’t enough to convince you, though, then how about …

More Frequent Analysis – Some reports take a lot more time to compile than others, which in turn means that you see them less frequently. Still, the decision-makers within the company often rely on that information. So, what do you do? You can probably guess our response. You turn to automate your reports!

With the help of NPrinting, we’ve been able to accommodate many clients with similar requests. The best part is that the report’s size doesn’t matter; you can get your analyses once per month, week, or even daily. Recently, an update also opened up the option to get reports on-demand with just a simple push of a button. So, in those cases where you need the data as soon as possible, NPrinting has you covered. Additionally, we noticed that more analysis resulted in more people going into the dashboards to check the data. It was a big bonus that emanated more curiosity within the company. But perhaps you’re still on the fence? Well then, let us now tell you about …

Increased Compliance – NPrinting can also be used to provide you notifications. This can be particularly helpful in the domain of compliance, where you want to monitor for company policy violations and prevent them. So, with some automation set in place, you can avert your gaze from that dashboard and focus on other tasks, since you’ll be sure you won’t miss any important changes or resolutions.

For example, we’ve had cases where certain teams and projects had specific expense thresholds. With NPrinting, we were able to set up triggers, which would send out warnings when the sum was near the verge, and thus managed to mitigate any excessive spending. Neat, huh? But we aren’t done yet! Let’s look at …

Engaging Reports – We’re aware that a lot of businesses don’t want to try automated reporting because, in the end, it’ll just look lifeless and unpresentable. Often, clients want a report that they can just take straight into a meeting, which’s understandable. So, that’s why we thought you’d be interested in knowing that NPrinting can dress up your data in any way you want.

We’ve had a few cases where the clients wanted the reports to be created with their own template in mind, and that’s no problem. However, that’s not where this benefit ends. With NPrinting, we’ve also been able to send reports in the form of PowerPoint presentations. All of the data you need ready for that important meeting and dressed up in a template of your choice. Now that’s enticing, isn’t it? Well, if you’re still divided on the idea, we’ve got one more ace up our sleeves …

Tailored Reports – As we mentioned before, creating reports is very time-consuming. So, to speed things up, companies would usually sacrifice customizability in favor of a faster, templated option. This would result in everyone getting the same report with different numbers. Well, that may have worked out in the past, but why limit yourself in the future. By utilizing automated reporting, you can tailor everything to match the employee’s field and experience.

Let’s show you what we mean with a quick example. In the company hierarchy, every management level requires different kinds of data. A commercial manager would be in charge of a set number of countries, while a sales representative would be responsible for the sales in several local institutions. They would obviously need different data. However, the reports could even be tailored to best fit the several sales reps and the varying criteria they’re all measured against. This, combined with the frequency of analysis, results in increased sales. After all, having your tailored report on time helps pinpoint all the areas the sales rep needs to focus on to achieve their milestone. Customization is essential and can boost the productivity of your business. We would know; we’ve seen it first-hand.

Conclusion

It’s time to move away from that typical bland one-dimensional page. Automated reporting improves your processes and leaves you with more time to focus on value-adding tasks. We hope these five points managed to intrigue you enough to take the first step. Now let’s all carry on with our work as usual … we’ve actually got a few reports to go through.

Authors:

Yoanna Blagoeva
Yoanna Blagoeva
Stiliyan Neychev
Stiliyan Neychev

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