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Ad Hoc Reporting for End Users

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    Ad Hoc Reporting for End Users

    I thought I would repost this as I have not yet heard from other A5 users and I found one software product which is free and seems reasonably workable.

    "End user oriented ad hoc report writer. In Access I often provide such as part of my apps? I provide predefined data sources, queries with predefined joins that create logical “flat files” for them to select for straightforward reports. I know A5 does not include such. What third party tools have others used with success?"

    After not getting any immediate answers from A5 users, I did a bit of googling. The net result was my trying out the free version of Intellicus.
    Be sure to click on the Expand All button near the upper right to see the full comparison of versions.

    I installed the free version and the installation was painless. The free version is limited to five "named users" and two "concurrent requests", whatever that means ( I have just asked for a clarification). Clearly for more than five named users a non free version would be required. However for my nonprofit clients, there are typically only a handful of users who want and are willing to learn about ad-hoc reporting. However, my experience is that they can be quite vocal.

    Last edited by Al Buchholz; 02-10-2012, 10:43 PM. Reason: correct the link
    Bob Alston
    Alpha five v11 Tips

    Re: Ad Hoc Reporting for End Users

    Interesting. I'm curious to hear further as you find stuff out.


      Re: Ad Hoc Reporting for End Users

      I confirmed that the 5 named users can do anything concurrently except for report processing to generate a report. That is limited to 2 concurrent reports being processed. If a 3rd is entered, the system estimates if the other will be done in 1 minute or less; if so it queues the request; otherwise it returns an error to the user.

      He said that more than 5 concurrent users can utilize the system if some of them share a user name and password.

      The next version up from the free one is $1200. Not cheap.

      If you are a developer and might be in a position to resell licenses they can make an OEM agreement with you, allowing you to resell and provide discounted pricing for your use.

      So, so far it looks pretty good. and for a small number of users, the price is outstanding!


      P.S. I have NO connection to this company!
      Bob Alston
      Alpha five v11 Tips