This topic describes how to configure BrightWork Reporter Gantt reports, including how to select the report you want to display.

The most commonly used configuration settings for Gantt reports are available via the Shared Settings section on the Reporter ribbon. The Shared Settings section also includes a report filter dialog that is not available on the Reporter settings page.

You can also create a personal report via the Reporter ribbon.

The reports supplied with BrightWork Reporter are setup to report on the lists supplied with BrightWork and SharePoint. If columns are added to these lists you can add these columns to reports using the Report Editor. This will enable reporting on these columns.

Once you have configured your report, you can save it as a web part template to save you having to repeat your effort elsewhere.

Configure a Report

To configure a report:

  1. Click on the information icon of the report to open the Reporter ribbon.
  2. Click Configure Reporter Settings then click one of the options and click OK.

Report Settings

Data Source

Select the data source.

  • Work Cache
    The Work Cache is primarily designed as an alternative to open work and issue reports that report across multiple sites. By default, all open items in the Work Cache are shown but you can filter the work items by any of the three out-of-the-box views: Open Work, My Work and Issues. This option only appears in the list of data sources if the Work Cache is activated.

  • Project Cache
    The Project Cache is designed primarily to speed up the loading of cross-site Project reports that report across multiple sites. By default, all items in the Project Cache are shown but you can filter the project items displayed by any of the three out-of-the-box views: All Projects, Open Projects and My Projects. This option only appears in the list of data sources if the Project Cache is activated.

  • Project Status Report Cache
    The Project Status Report Cache is primarily designed as an alternative to 'project status report' reports that report across multiple sites. By default, only the current project status report for a list in the Project Status Report Cache is shown but you can change this by selecting the All Project Status Report view. This option only appears in the list of data sources if the Project Status Report Cache is activated.

  • Reporter Library
    The BrightWork Reporter Library is where Report Definition files can be created and modified.

  • Server Gallery
    The BrightWork Server Gallery is a read-only gallery of Report Definition files.

  • Custom Location
    Custom Report Location is where you can reference Report Definition files in locations other than the two above.

Report Scope

Define the target site and specify whether or not to include the target site's subsites in the report.

  • Current Site
    Selecting this option means that only the current site will be included in the report.

  • Specified Site
    This option is for specifying the SharePoint site to report off. Selecting this option enables the Specified Site field. The URL you supply must be server relative, for example: /sites/SiteName.

  • Specified Site(s)
    This option is for specifying a list of SharePoint sites to report off. Selecting this option enables the Multiple Site Locations field for you to enter site URLs.

  • Report XML
    Selecting this option means the scope is defined in the report file - see Add or Edit a Query Source for more information.

    This option is not available for BrightWork Server Gallery reports.

Report Scope Location

Enter the location of the specified web that you want to report off.

This is only necessary if Specified Site is selected from the Report Scope menu.

Report Type

Select the Report Type:

  • Chart Report

  • Gantt Report

  • List Item Report

  • Resource Usage Report

Web Part Settings

Title

Enter a title for the report.

Chrome Type

Chrome types available are: Default, Border Only, None, Title and Border, and Title Only.

Rendering and Performance

Site Filters

Select Enable to switch on the site filters defined in the Report Definition.

Site Filters are a way of excluding certain sites from being queried by BrightWork Reporter (for example, the default site filters ensure that BrightWork project sites that have a Status of (3) Completed and/or where Exclude from Reports is selected on the Project Statement are excluded from most reports).

You should only disable site filters if you need to do so on a case by case basis. If you wish to remove a site filter from all instances of a report, you should do so via the Report Editor.

Retention Duration

Select Enable and enter the number of seconds to retain the report's data.

A Retention Duration of 5 seconds for example, means that if the page is revisited within 5 seconds BrightWork Reporter will reuse the data. This is especially useful if there is a lot of data in the report, as it can take a few seconds to render first time. The report is retained on the server on a per user basis, up to a maximum of 3600 seconds (i.e. 1 hour).

Click the Refresh button on the Reporter ribbon to override the Retention Duration setting and display the most up-to-date content.

Site Name Caption

The captions (column titles) for all columns except the Site Name and List Name are specified in the report definition. If you would like to have a different title for Site Name in the displayed report, enter it here. This will not change the captions in the tool pane. Note: Custom Caption settings in the Columns section override this setting.

List Name Caption

The captions (column titles) for all columns except the Site Name and List Name are specified in the report definition. If you would like to have a different title for List Name in the displayed report, enter it here. This will not change the captions in the tool pane. Note: Custom Caption settings in the Columns section override this setting.

Show Report Description

Choose whether you want the report description to display: Collapsed, Expanded or None.

Show Report Errors

Choose whether you want the report errors to display: Collapsed, Expanded or None.

BrightWork Reporter error messages can be very useful for debugging purposes, if you are creating your own reports or adding lists to your sites.

Report Profiler

The Report Profiler displays a report on all the sites and lists queried by an instance of a report, including how long individual sites and lists take to query.

Gantt Data Binding

Gantt Columns

Select the columns to be represented in the Time Window section of the Gantt chart.

Start Date

Select the date column to be used as the start date.

Finish Date

Select the date column to be used as the finish date.

Percent Complete

Optionally, select the column to be used as the Percent Complete column.

Milestone Flag

Select a boolean column to enable the milestone diamond visual indicator.

Gantt Labels

Select the columns that will supply the Gantt Label (i.e. the data that appears to the right of each bar in the Gantt) for each type of column rendered by the Gantt:

  • Summary Task Label
  • Task Label
  • Milestone Label

Data to exclude:

Select Exclude items with no start or finish dates to exclude items with no Start or Finish Dates from the report. Excluding these items can improve performance and make the report easier to read.

Gantt Appearance

Use these settings to customize the appearance of the Gantt report.

Gantt Theme

Select a display theme for the Gantt.

Row Height

Specify a row height between 10 and 40 pixels.

Page View Options

Decide whether or not to use paging and specify the number of rows per page.

Paging splits a report up into pages. The number of pages is defined by the number of items returned and the number of rows set per page. This is useful for increasing performance when a report is returning a lot of items. The actual number of pages is displayed at the bottom of the list item window.

Column Settings

Select the columns to be included in the report and the order in which you want them to appear.

For each column, you can also set custom properties:

  • Custom Caption (not available for icon columns)
  • Caption Visibility
  • Column Width

Link Column Settings

Enable or disable the link column; when enabled, the following settings become available:

Link Column

Select the column you want to use to link to the individual list items. When a user clicks on the link the item will open in read mode.

Select how you want the links in reports to behave:

  • Dialog
    Selecting Dialog means links will open items in the pop-up dialog.
    This means you can view and edit individual list items and stay in the context of the page or report you are on. Most importantly, this works across sites and lists, meaning you can edit items in different lists and sites from the one location in a site collection.

  • Same Window/Tab
    Link will open in the same browser tab (or window) as the report.

  • New Window/Tab Once Only
    Link will open in the same separate browser tab (or window).

  • New Window/Tab Each Time
    Link will open in a new browser tab (or window) every time.

Sort

Select the column(s) you want to use to sort the items returned (i.e. the order in which the items are displayed in the report) and the direction you want them to be sorted.

These column-types cannot be used for sorting: Multi-value, URL, Note, and Icon.

Group By

Select:

  • The column(s) you want the items returned to be grouped by (you can use up to a maximum of 4 groups)

    Grouping is placed over the link column.

    These column types cannot be used for grouping: Multi-value, URL, Note, and Icon.

  • The direction of the grouping (ascending or descending)

  • Whether you want the group(s) to be collapsed or expanded
  • If the column type is Person or Group, Presence can be turned on or off.

Time Window Settings

Initial View

Select the Time Window that the Gantt should report on.

  • All Data

  • From Today
    Specify the number of days, weeks or months from Today to use to create the Time Window that the report will show.

    • Looking Back:
      Select the time period the report should look back.

    • Looking Forward:
      Select the time period the report should look forward.

Time Window Width

Specify a width (between 250 to 3000 pixels) for the time window.

Pan Factor

Specify a value (between 50 and 100%) for the pan factor.

SharePoint Settings

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