A Solution for Both End-Users and Developers to Create True Browser-based Reports and Queries
Clover really does provide the best of both worlds. It empowers end-users to create reports, queries, charts and graphs that run in browsers, with little or no programming. Clover also gives developers all the tools needed to create complex web reports and queries that integrate with WebSmart, Nexus or Catapult, BCD’s suite of web development and BI solutions.
By using Clover’s powerful reporting wizards, anyone can create a sophisticated report in minutes, just by letting Clover guide you through the design process. Here is an overview of Clover:
Clover makes it easy to create reports with subtotals, level breaks, record selections and calculated values. Clover includes wizards that step the user through the entire process, from selecting and linking files to selecting fields for subtotals and placement on the report. The end result is a report that runs directly in a browser, optimized for performance and scaleability. Users don’t need to know any HTML or coding techniques to produce Clover reports, and they can re-run the wizard process to modify the report layout, without having to change any code.
You can also easily design a report to accept runtime values, such as date ranges, sales territories, etc. all using Clover’s powerful wizard technology.
The Clover IDE is an extension of WebSmart’s powerful web application development tool. This means developers can use Clover templates to do the initial report design, then have available to them all the facilities of WebSmart to add powerful web extensions to the reports. They can also add custom programming logic directly within the reports using Clover’s powerful coding environment.
Clover comes with at least 46 templates for users to create detail, summary, drill-down reports or charts and graphs. Also, you can create your own templates with customized report logic or appearance to conform to your organization’s standards. Each template contains the necessary instructions to guide you to successfully create a report or query with no programming necessary.
Clover has templates to generate XML-based Excel spreadsheets that are ‘intelligent’ – containing formatting instructions and customized headings. Users can run Clover reports and directly open or save Excel spreadsheets in one step. This makes sharing valuable information across the enterprise easier.
Clover lets you choose from an array of charts, graphs and gauges in many designs, with many formatting options and produce meaningful graphical views of your data in minutes. Create 2D, 3D pie, line or bar charts, with or without stackable columns, trend lines and more. You can use gauges to produce KPIs for important business metrics.
Forget about the sometimes-complex syntax for coding SQL statements. Clover’s SQL Wizard will help you build the SQL statements you need with prompting, drag-and-drop, and real-time syntax checking. Clover even includes a formula builder for SQL calculations. Clover will test them and let you verify them instantly. And that’s not all, Clover’s SQL Wizard includes the following features:
Clover is easier to use than Query/400, yet way more powerful. Clover produces web reports that are much more accessible and attractive in appearance than text-only spool files. If users need to print reports, they can print directly to any network or local printer from their browsers. Alternatively, it’s easy to provide functionality on reports to email them to recipients you specify.
Clover is an extension of WebSmart’s IDE. For developers, this means they can mix and match Clover and WebSmart programs within an application, choosing the appropriate tool for the job. In addition, Clover programs can easily be embedded in portlets and deployed in BCD’s web portal solution, Nexus. Using a combination of all three products gives you a total web application solution: Nexus provides the security, application framework and infrastructure; Clover provides reporting and querying strengths; WebSmart provides both simple or complex web application development capabilities.
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