Once you have the specs defined as well as you can, the first stage in the actual construction of a report begins by investigating the data requirements. This almost always involves some detective work to figure out where the data is going to come from.
Here are the basic questions that need to be answered during this phase:
In the NPR world, you need to obviously first determine where this report is going to reside. The goal here is to choose the application that requires the least amount of exterior macros and fragments. This isn’t a problem with DR unless you need to go outside the DR database itself.
What tables or segments?
Try to determine where is most of the data is coming from. The NPR gurus can speak to this more than I can, but this is one of the most significant decisions when building an NPR report. It becomes almost an art form when examining the hierarchy dictionary of segments and applications.
At the smallest level, you…