Acting on Reports
Data analysis reports, if carried out efficiently, enable you to learn how well your business is meeting its goals. If changes are required, the quicker these can be carried out the better so that your business remains as competitive as possible. These actions can involve making permanent changes to the database. In contrast, Chapter 16 considers how to respond to one-off external requests for data without making any changes to the database.
In order to act on reports, your database design has to be flexible and you must be able to take the database offline for short periods of time. Employees need to be trained to use the adjusted database: training is covered in Chapter 20.
The following sections describe ...