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Database report definition

A database report is a formatted presentation of data from a database that provides structured information for decision-making. Database reports are specifically meant to convey information in a way that is easy to understand by human beings.

See also: data profiling, data segregation, data mining

Database reports can be generated by manual analysis or compiled by software. Some database reports are generated automatically in response to a predetermined trigger.

Real examples of database reports

  • Summary report: A high-level overview of data, such as total sales or the number of new customers. Summary reports are useful for high-level decision makers like executives and managers.
  • Detail report: A closer look at a particular set of data, such as transactions on a particular day or a specific user’s purchase history. Detail reports are useful for making user profiles and determining customer behavior.
  • Drill-down report: A combination of summary and detail reports, drill-down reports provide an overview of the situation with links to the details of particular issues.
  • Parameterized report: A custom presentation of data based on the parameters specified by the user (like the time frame, product categories, or payment methods).
  • Dashboard report: A visual presentation (such as a graph or pie chart) of key data and performance indicators. The visual element of dashboard reports is good at capturing attention and conveying urgency.