In Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009, reports are used to print information from a database. A report can be used to structure and summarize information, and reports can be used to print documents such as invoices. Reports can also be used to process data without printing anything.

Designing Reports

In Microsoft Dynamics NAV, the design process is divided into several distinct phases that reflect the different aspects of creating a report.

  • Defining the data model—the tables and fields that the report is based on.

  • Defining the grouping and sum that the report will contain.

  • Defining the visual layout of the report.

When you define the data model you decide what tables and fields to base the report on. The next step is to define the grouping, sum, and filtering that the report must contain. These are important elements of report functionality and add value to the report. When designing a report for the RoleTailored client, you use Visual Studio to define how the data that is displayed in the report should be grouped as well as any totaling that should be performed. For more information, see Designing Reports for the RoleTailored Client.

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