What is “ad-hoc” reporting?

Ad-hoc is a Latin for “as the occasion requires,” and this type of reporting is a model of business intelligence (BI) wherein reports are built and distributed by non-technical users. All the user will need to do is set up the business intelligence solution, connect it to data sources and establish the desired perimeters, and from there the reports are created by end-users.

In this ad-hoc reporting model, users can use their reporting and analysis solutions to answer their questions on an as-needs basis, eliminating the need for endless IT request queries. The goal of ad-hoc reporting is to empower the end-users to ask their own questions while ending the burden that was previously on IT to create a bunch of reports that served a myriad of functions and purposes. 

The benefits ad-hoc reporting can bring to your company include:

  • Timely Delivery of Critical Information. Ad-hoc reporting will get critical information to all the right people in a timely manner, allowing facilitation of timely decision making and real-time answers.
  • Flexibility. Businesses have to evolve constantly in order to survive and succeed, and having answers to ever-changing business questions is critical. Ad-hoc reporting created the ability for users to getting immediate answers for ultimate business flexibility.
  • Cost-savings. This BI model streamlines the access users have to information, and easy-to-use wizards will help these users to get down to business quickly, reducing the need for costly training and human guidance.
  • Information Sharing. Ad-hoc reporting encourages collaboration and sharing of information, since users can create, organize, and publish reports to make the available to other users on the web or by on-demand viewing.

The result of data analytics and information delivery should not be just pretty charts and reports, but insights. Insights drive business change, and ad-hoc reporting is the ultimate in bringing data insights to users.

Our LBMC Data Insights experts develop solutions that accommodate very large and very complex data environments when traditional solutions simply don’t address the needs of the client. Whether those needs are data-warehousing, self-serve datamart solutions, or various other ad-hoc reporting or visualization capabilities, our team has the experience to exceed all your business information goals.