As time goes on, companies only collect more and more information about their performance, customers, products, reach, and more. However, if that data isn’t being used properly (or at all), it isn’t doing your business any good.

The challenges of ad hoc reporting and ad hoc analysis

Although ad hoc reporting and ad hoc analysis are incredibly beneficial to any business, they can still present some challenges. These challenges can be due to the technology you’re using or the initiative of your team members.

Data access

When team members don’t have access to the data they need, you won’t be able to do ad hoc reporting or ad hoc analysis at all. Data access is imperative. Make sure you know your team and their roles well and that every employee who would benefit from data access has it. This will help them do their jobs better. Remember: Siloed information in your company doesn’t produce enviable results.

Data management

Siloed data also falls into poor data management. Not only should data not be siloed amongst departments, but it should also be taken care of well. Data should be managed so that missing, wrong, and duplicated data are fixed.

Education and initiative

In order to benefit from the data and reporting at your fingertips, you need to make sure your team knows examples of when ad hoc reporting and ad hoc analyzing would be beneficial. It’s also imperative that every user knows how simple it can be to generate reports. By providing education to your team and letting them know when ad hoc reporting and analysis would have been/would be beneficial, your team will be more likely to start implementing it and using the goldmine of data at their fingertips.


Make sure your end-users know they should be implementing ad hoc reporting and analysis regularly. Reporting won’t do any good if people aren’t taking the initiative to do it in the first place.

The benefits of ad hoc reporting

An excess of data can become a burden when no one is managing or learning from it. However, ad hoc reporting and ad hoc analyzing can increase the value of the data being collected. By running reports and analyses, you can glean useful, beneficial information and improve how you operate your business.

Real-time ad hoc reporting and ad hoc analysis can:

  • Identify and remedy productivity bottlenecks.
  • Improve flexibility and agility in addressing problems and questions.
  • Empower end-users by being insightful and easy to use.
  • Encourage your company to utilize data to a fuller extent.
  • Enable your employees to use data without the help of a developer.

Discover how you can use Popdock for ad hoc reporting

Popdock is a powerful, self-service, cloud-based, integration and reporting tool that allows users to perform ad hoc reporting from a variety of data sources. It’s end-user friendly and provides a vast array of options to work with your data.

By bridging the gap between apps, websites, SQL Servers, data lakes, and more, you can view whatever data you need in whatever place you want to view it, making ad hoc reporting and ad hoc analysis as simple and easy as it can be.

Don’t waste time logging in to various apps to retrieve data. You no longer need to feel like a burden asking Barbara in accounting for the information you need for your report. Simply view the information you need in the Popdock app or through the Popdock interface on your system. This makes gathering the data you need seamless, fast, and simple.

Simplify reporting using Popdock and stop relying on IT. You can have the power to work with and report on data yourself.

With Popdock you can:

  • Search
  • Filter
  • Group/subgroup
  • Add/remove columns
  • Combine data
  • Use calculations to translate data
  • Export and share
  • Customize, calculate, and format
  • Visualize data with charts and summaries
  • Drill down on data and take action
  • See your data where you need it
  • And much more

Convenience is key for productivity, adoption, and doing the things that need to get done. Access any data you need from any source using the Popdock interface within the app you’re already using most frequently or use the Popdock app to access external data.

Learn more about the kind of reports you can make with Popdock.

Become a reporting pro with self-paced training with Popdock

In order to help you get up to speed quickly, you will be enrolled in the free self-paced Popdock training course when you are added as a user to Popdock.

There are many training videos included with self-paced learning including courses on an introduction to Popdock, adding connectors, customizing connectors, customizing lists, using Popdock API Endpoints, and more.

Users will receive an email invitation to log in to their account at eOne University. Enrollment in Popdock self-paced training is free and permanent, so users can refer to the training if they have questions during the life of their Popdock subscription.

All Popdock subscription tiers include unlimited support, which can be accessed by calling 888-319-3663 and choosing option 2 or emailing