Reporting Standards: Does Standard raise yours?

There is a daft contradiction in the word “standard” which implies at the same time a certain level of aspiration and on the other hand a concept of commonplace, ordinary and same as everyone else.
There is also a well understood balance in the world of people technology between the economy of off-the-shelf and the benefits of configured and customised systems.
But what of reporting? Options for Management Information (or “Business Intelligence”) become increasingly complex. Experience is teaching me that most organisations could do with a bit of help achieving objectivity in that choice.
Products tend to offer standard reports and standard reporting tools too. It may not be obvious the extent to which these are serving you well or have the potential to do so. How much can you rely on those? How much should you overlook them? What extra investment in reporting solution is warranted in your case?
We helped this season’s user group members decipher standard reports options for iTrent in the guide, here:  Reporting from iTrent – Phase 3 Consulting

About the Author: Kate Wadia

Kate’s passion at work is for bridging the gap between technology and people at work, translating for HR professionals the language of HR systems and making meaningful their potential. She believes that success with people technology is through people and that people are the differentiator. Using simple techniques drawn from HR experience, project management, business psychology and analogy with everyday life, Kate presents and explains how to work well with technology and technology projects in an HR leadership role. With a background in contrasting private and public sector HR management, Kate developed her thinking in seeking for herself to understand her first HR systems project-work. Kate is currently the Managing Director of Phase 3 Consulting, offering an independent take on the HR systems market in the UK, through a network of experts and a talented, growing internal team. Kate’s guiding principle is that openness offers knowledge-sharing, credibility and trust. Incorrigibly enthusiastic and up absurdly early for a working morning, she swears that she only drinks three good coffees a day, but nobody believes her! Kate also writes as an HR Zone columnist.


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