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TARGET Reports empowers data savvy professionals to effortlessly produce professional management reports without programming.

1. Overview

Learn the basics of Target Reports:

2. User Manual

More in-depth instruction on special tasks, and other information:

3. Developer's Reference:

Information on using script to get even more functionality from Target Reports:

What is TARGET Reports?

When we created TARGET Reports, our objective was to create an application that delivers comprehensive reports solutions in a fraction of the time required by other reporting systems.  You do not need any programming or design skills to produce professional well-formatted reports in TARGET Reports.  If you have database and/or VB Script skills (at any level) you will find powerful capabilities in TARGET Reports that are not available anywhere else.

Enhanced Productivity now and in the future

The magic of fast and painless reporting is achieved through separation of data access, report definition and visual representation.  Many existing report writers mix all three aspects of the report creation procedure together making modifications to report's definition or visual appearance extremely cumbersome after the initial setup.

TARGET Reports provides the ability to create complex, professional reports in a few steps all of which are accomplished with simple user interface techniques like drag and drop, visual connectivity, and the editing of properties.

Most reporting tasks are based on data aggregation so the process of configuring a report can be divided into the three major steps:

1.  Data Source Access - Indicate where to get the data that will be used to generate the report(s) (database tables, views, stored procedures, etc.)

2.  Report Data Setup Indicate which fields will be used for grouping and reporting, and what records will be taken from the data source (scope definition).  Then, specify the report type (summary, detailed)

3.  Visual Appearance - Decide on the type of visual representation to be used for displaying the information (Plain table, Hierarchical table, Cross-Tab table, Charts.)

TARGET Reports offers a different reporting paradigm than wizard-based report writers. Wizard-based report writers (most competing products) do allow simple initial report setup, but they do not provide easy means for modifying any of the three reporting aspects after the report is designed.  In contrast to these tools,  TARGET Reports allows simple manipulation of all properties during the full lifecycle of your reporting project.

The primary object for setting up a TARGET report is a report page element (or Report Setup). A report page element can be connected to virtually any kind of data source. One of the distinguishing TARGET Reports features is the ability to fetch data from heterogeneous data sources. For example, you can have one SQL Server table linked to a table from ORACLE or a flat DBase file. The power and flexibility of TARGET Reports allows you to change the input data source at any time and the report setup will automatically adapt to the change.

After an input data connection is established, you can define other reporting properties: custom terms, scope, reporting fields, report type and layout. Any of these properties can be easily modified allowing iterative development of your report with instant feedback. As a result, complex, professional reports can be created in minutes, not hours or days.

Another unique TARGET Reports' feature is variable connectivity. This provides an ability to link multiple variables of the same type to each other, ensuring that their values will always be the same.

Various output formats provide an ability to observe the final reports in viewers most suitable for your needs: MS Word, HTML browsers or PDF viewers. The reporting results can also be saved to a database table for further analysis, exported to a file or returned as a stream, which can be incorporated into your own visualization tool.