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A closer look at dotnet report builder report formats

    The strength of any embedded data analytic and reporting software lies in its feature rich interface and the variety of power packed features that it offers its users. The data analysts are on the lookout for .net reporting solutions or ad hoc embedded solutions that can offer variance in its report layouts so that they may be able to perform data analytics using different visualizations suitable to their needs.

    The mvc reporting solution like dotnet report builder not only keeps in mind data analysts’ requirements for performing predictive analysis for their business data but is also designed for ease of access and can be used without any difficulty even by nontechnical business end users with minimal training. The interface is easily comprehensible where all the required features can be incorporated with just clicks and select down menus to make the task easier for end users.

    Dotnet report builder offers a variety of report layouts for the data analysts to choose while creating customized reports. In this blog, we will take a detailed look at all the different report layouts that are available to work with and which type of data report is suitable to analyze and understand which type of data set in a business work environment.

    The following are the wide range of report layouts available in dotnet report builder reports menu. Once this ad hoc reporting solution is installed and integrated into the business system and user is able to start working, they can access this menu to design and choose the report layout.

    Report Layout
    Report selection menu

    List Reports

    The List option is available for end users to create listings of employees, customers, products, and various other data entities. List reports generally are useful when creating inventories for departments and products and can help users to monitor and enumerate things. Users have options to include and remove fields to create customized report and the reports can include more or less detail fields depending on the requirements.

    List Report
    List Report

    Summary Reports

    Summary report options are very useful when preparing a master detail report where the master report is linked to its detail in a subset report. These master detail reports can be designed efficiently using the summary report layout of dotnet report builder. Again, the reports are complete customizable with data analysts selecting all fields and selecting field on which to group data according to their data needs.

    Summary reports work well when businesses need to generate the monthly orders and expenditure reports summarizing the data into meaningful sets and then allowing users to view more details where required. Dotnet report builder also provides options for creating a linked report where the detail can be accessed using a linked field.

    Master report
    Master Report
    Detail Report
    Detail Report

    Pie Charts

    Pie charts are another forms of data reports that can be visually pleasing and present information in an understandable format. Instead of tabular data, capturing and presenting facts in terms of a pie chart can enhance understanding of the data set as visuals go a long way in explaining situations then long tabular data reports.

    Pie Chart
    Pie Chart

    Bar Graphs

    Bar charts have always been used for comparisons and analysis in the data industry. Dotnet report builder offers all features of bar chart comparisons like single bar chart or multiple value bar charts. Data analysts can make use of this report layout to compare data over a period of time. Compare success of different products or maybe success of one product in different areas in the world market. Data represented in the form of bar charts can lead to understanding the business data trends over previous years. Important business decisions can be made based on study of this visual report.

    Bar Graph
    Bar Graph

    Line graphs

    Line graph is another very popular visual data report layout offered by dotnet report builder that is used frequently by data analysts to plot the progress of products, increase in sales performance of individual employees. Many similar reports on monitoring progress can be generated by data analysts to study the business data. They can apply different data filters and limit date ranges to analyze a specific data set and reach conclusions and identify trends over a period of time.

    Line Graph
    Line Graph

    Map Reports

    Map reports have gained popularity in the recent years because of their ability to present data in a powerful visual way. For example, the following screenshot is from emergency solutions when they integrated dotnet report builder for their software solution running in the Fire department. This form of map reporting can help them quickly identify the critical locations to monitor fire activity and send rescue operation effectively.

    Map Report
    Map Report

    Another variation in the map report can help highlight areas around the world in different hues of same color to interpret data relating to the strength of data represented by different hues. This helps data analysts to analyze the popularity or strength of an entity in different parts of the world giving a global perspective of the data.

    Map report
    Map Report


    This blog aimed to provide a detail look into the different report layouts available in dotnet report and how each of these report layouts can help the business analysts get most out of the business data and generate customized reports suitable to their data needs. Using this embedded data reporting solution coupled together with the business software, the data analysts would utilize the full potential of their big data by designing reports in formats suitable to illustrate the data in a way that no insight goes un noticed by the data team. They would have the flexibility to choose the layout that would focus on the data in the most productive way.

    To have more hand on experience with the report layouts and experience the magic of these powerful features to schedule a Demo with our support team.


    1. What is a report format?

    A report format is a structured layout or arrangement used to present information in a clear and organized manner.

    It typically includes sections such as title, executive summary, introduction, methodology, findings, analysis, conclusions, and recommendations.

    A report format may vary depending on the specific purpose and requirements of the report, but its main goal is to facilitate effective communication and understanding of the information presented.

    2. What are the benefits of reporting format?

    The use of a standardized reporting format offers several benefits:

    1. Clarity And Organization: A report format provides a clear and organized structure for presenting information. 

    It helps readers easily locate specific sections, understand the flow of the content, and follow the logical progression of ideas. This enhances readability and comprehension.

    1. Consistency: By following a consistent format, multiple reports within an organization or across different projects can have a unified and standardized appearance. 

    This promotes professionalism and facilitates easier comparison and analysis of information across reports.

    1. Efficient Communication: A well-structured report format ensures that information is presented in a concise and coherent manner. 

    This allows readers to quickly grasp the main points, findings, and recommendations without having to sift through irrelevant or disorganized content. It saves time and effort for both the writer and the reader.

    1. Credibility and Professionalism: A well-designed report format enhances the credibility and professionalism of the report and the organization or individual presenting it. 

    It demonstrates a systematic approach to reporting and indicates that due diligence has been given to organizing and presenting the information.

    1. Standardized Expectations: A report format helps establish expectations for the content and structure of the report. 

    This is particularly useful in academic, business, or professional settings where specific guidelines or requirements may exist. 

    A standardized format ensures that essential elements are included, such as an executive summary, findings, analysis, and recommendations.

    1. Accessibility and Reference: The use of a report format, particularly with a table of contents and page numbers, facilitates easy navigation and reference. 

    Readers can quickly locate specific sections or information when referring back to the report or when citing it as a source.

    Overall, a reporting format streamlines the reporting process, improves the clarity and readability of the information presented, and enhances the overall effectiveness and professionalism of the report.

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