Iam always surprised when I see organizations still using huge stacks of traditional grid or tabular reports in PDF bundles. Yet I come across this exact scenario quite often. In many cases, higher-level managers are receiving bundles of PDF reports, and in some cases these reports are north of 300 pages! Included are all rollups of the organizational hierarchy that they manage in that bundle.
With all the advancements and current capabilities of enterprise business intelligence platforms, there have been many efforts to migrate users away from this traditional grid reporting. But many of these efforts are unsuccessful. They end up being wasted resources, only to end up with users still not willing to give up their reports.
You’re not alone if you are asking why all these efforts to transition users to a sophisticated BI platform are so unsuccessful. Stacks of grid reports in PDFs is an archaic and cumbersome method of consuming information, especially since this is how they make critical business decisions. In my experience, there are a variety of reasons for this struggle.
You are not matching the needs of the user.
It’s pretty, but does it help?