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

The most commonly used configuration settings for Resource Usage 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.

Resource Report Data Binding

Date Settings

  • Start Date Column:
    Select a date column to use as the start date (e.g. Planned Start).

  • Finish Date Column:
    Select a date column to use as the end date (e.g. Planned Finish).

Work Allocation

  • Work Column
    Select a number column to use as the work unit. This should only be a column where work effort is entered in hours.

  • Show work allocation as a percentage
    Select this if you want the allocated work to be displayed as a percentage of the available time specified in the default hours per day field.

Calendar Settings

This section displays information on the source of the Active Project Calendar and Regional Settings that are used to calculate and render the report.

  • Specify custom 'Working Hours per Day' for this report
    Optionally select and specify the number of hours work, per working day, to use in calculating the data if you want to over-ride the setting specified in the BrightWork Settings page

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.

Open the Link in a:

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.

Timescales

  • Timescale
    The timescales you can use are: Top or Bottom.

  • Non working time:
    Select to include non-working time in the display of the report. This option is only available if days is selected in the bottom timescale.

Time Window Settings

Time Window

  • All Data

    This shows all items returned from the earliest date found to the latest date found.

    Select this setting with caution as it could take a long time to load and slow down the rendering of the report.

  • From Today
    Specify the number of days, weeks or months to use to create the time window.

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

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

Resource Report Display Settings

  • Over allocated items:

    • Highlight work over-allocation
      Select to highlight when the total hours for a grouping (e.g. Assigned To) or work item are more than specified in the Working Hours per Day field.

    • Over-allocation color
      Specify a color to use to indicate over-allocation.

    • Specify custom over-allocation unit value
      Select to specify a unit value for the selected grouping(s). The unit value should equate to the number of members in the grouping. This will divide the work allocated to groupings by this number to determine if the grouping is over-allocated. You might do this when a grouping includes a number of resources and you want to see if the grouping as a whole is over-allocated.

  • Allocation data:

    • Only render items with allocation data
      Select to exclude items that do not have sufficient data to create a calculation (e.g. data in the selected Start Date Column, Finish Date Column and Work Column).

  • Report Row Styles
    • Emphasise alternating rows

SharePoint Settings

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