Reporting Software

Written by Michael O'Brien
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The web content filtering system that a company has in place should also have powerful reporting software at its disposal. Software that can adapt and expand to meet your organization's needs is just as important as any other consideration.

What Reporting Software Should Do

Being able to support several log formats and locations will allow web filtering software to combine Internet usage reports, so that one doesn't feel bogged down by endless paperwork. This brings me to my next point. How useful is the data being provided by the report? Reports should be categorized in such a way, that you get only the information that you can use, and not just raw data.

Where Do the Reports Go?

In order to save time and money, Internet usage reports can now be sent directly to whoever should be monitoring these issues, such as administration. By sending periodic email reports, the reporting software can keep everyone who has to be in the loop at all times regarding Internet usage.

There shouldn't be any mystery as to what your company's web reporting tools are giving you. Reports should be detailed, but clear. Make sure to get a sample report from the software provider from whom you are thinking of buying. Keep in mind when you look at it that this is what you're going to have to be reading from now on when it comes to Internet usage reports.

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