Alert Reporting Overview

In the business climate today, cutting costs and increasing profitability is critical. Organizations create and distribute reports for evaluating and taking action when management defined conditions are not met. The evaluation can largely be automated using Alert reporting.

Alert reporting automates the evaluation of a defined condition to determine whether a report should be submitted. Recipients of the report know before they open it that they are receiving this report because there is an exception in their area of responsibility.

A data-driven Alert is an event that is prompted by a guideline you define. This guideline can vary from simple to complex. For example, a simple guideline might be to alert a sales manager when an order that exceeds $1 million is entered. An example of a more complex guideline might be to alert a department manager when cumulative expenses exceed budget for any category. The report sent to the manager as a result of the Alert could show the most recent transactions, the amounts, and the sources.

Alert reporting is an integrated feature of WebFOCUS Managed Reporting and ReportCaster. An Alert report can be run interactively or by authorized users. You can use ReportCaster to schedule and distribute an Alert report. Burst capability can send targeted information to people who need it, so that there is less information for each person to analyze.

Alerts work with all email clients. They are supported on the following mobile devices: iPhone®, iPad®, BlackBerry®, and email-enabled mobile phones. Alerts can also be sent to any PC or laptop computer with email capability.

Alerts provide the following: