We’ve all seen the traditional business report that has the alphabet soup of numbers and letters in the lower left corner, perhaps even forgotten about it. The punch line is that even as the number of computers in use has increased substantially in recent years, the report format has not changed.
But is this really a report or a column? If it is a report what type of formatting should it have?
There is one type of report example that is common in many types of computer reports, a proprietary report. A proprietary report, also known as the blue book report, is exactly what it sounds like. It is information derived from one company about another.
A more unique report example would be an internal analysis of an organization. Here the description of the company, which is called the subsidiary, is used in place of the parent company.
One more unique report example would be an internal forecast of a company. The same report format would be used. However, instead of the parent company, the forecast is from the subsidiary, reporting to the parent company.
What about a study report? Or a company profile report? Or a customer survey?
I think that if you are not familiar with them, these formats are common knowledge. But for those who are, what is it? The term “comma” is used to describe them.
The subsidiary report is created by a subsidiary, reporting to the parent company. But the parent company reports on it. In that way, the subsidiary becomes a semi-independent business.
The terms are wide variety and varied. Some people prefer to describe them as subchapter reports, owner’s notes, or cost-benefit analyses.
Other than that, the most common type of report example is a corporate news and executive summaries. Often these will be made available on a publicly-available web site, such as weblog.com. This will make a corporation more credible to potential customers.
So, when formatting a business report, take into consideration the following: Do you want a format that looks like a report or one that looks like an organized column? Do you want to format your company as a subsidiary, a public company, a subsidiary reporting to a parent company, or a study. What would make it stand out from a traditional report format?
It is easier to visualize a report format that appears to be a column than one that looks like a report, but is in fact a column. It is also easier to format a report format that appears to be a subsidiary report than a subsidiary report that is actually a subsidiary.