Five Simple Steps to Designing Great Reports

Databases are built to store data that may be useful to somebody who owns or uses that data. Data becomes information when it is presented in a format that is useful to a viewer. There are many ways to convert data into information, and the most common one is to create a report. A report organizes data in a list so that it is useful for a specific purpose. For example, sales data can be organized to discover trends in sales, rank salespeople, or find out which company promotions are generating the most income. As FileMaker consultants, database designers, and web developers, it is rare when we build a database that is not at some point used to create a report. In this article, I will describe a 5-step process for making report design simple and efficient.