There is a real cost for poor report design. Many times, highly successful and educated professionals will either argue or be confused by thoughtless design of a key business report. This is wasted energy and time which equates to costs.
For interface design, the costs and risks are much higher. Instead of the waste of time and delay of making good decisions, a poorly designed interface can be a never-ending source of support problems and cause database or other problems for downstream systems.
Given the amount of knowledge required to learn and keep up with changes, the pace of today’s business makes bringing on specialists a cost-effective solution.
First and foremost, both report and interface design is all about the data. Not only is netlogx experienced with data discovery, modeling, quality and management; but, we have 16 years of experience in ensuring that data is semantically equivalent through our data mapping and cleansing experience. Therefore, combining data from various systems is possible and efficient.
Good report design stems from discipline to some fundamental principles of Form, Fit and Function. That is, the story of the data is clearly told when the physical layout (form), the content (fit) and technical production and distribution (function) are in harmony. netlogx staff have adopted Edward Tufte’s principles of designing report so that the data is focus and unnecessary “chart junk” is eliminated. Further, netlogx will create templates and a report standards document so that key components can be included in all reports and there is consistency between reports.
Interface design goes beyond just constructing a syntactically correct message for integration of systems. By understanding both the business and technical processes governing the interface, netlogx ensure the meaning or semantics of the interface is maintained.
Maintaining the meaning of data to accurately tell a story or pass information from system to another is a key to controlling costs. Without appropriate design of reports and interfaces, maintenance and support costs will be high and at worst case, an incorrect decision will be made.