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Patent Issued for Analyzing Data within a Data Report

September 11, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- According to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews journalists, a patent by the inventor Haggie, Thomas (Vancouver, CA), filed on December 22, 2009, was published online on August 26, 2014.

The assignee for this patent, patent number 8819041, is Business Objects Software Limited (Dublin, IE).

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Reports contain data retrieved from a data source and formatted according to a report schema. Structure of the data that is formatted may be different from the structure it possessed in the data source. For instance, a sales report containing the sales information about a product XYZ for the last twelve months may include sales revenue generated for the product, month of sales, customer details and the like that are typically present in the sales report in an unstructured manner. Reporting tools provide techniques to present the data present in a data report in a more structured manner. These tools also allow users to explore data contained in the data report, and make business decisions related to the data report. However, users looking for specific sections in the data report according to specific criteria have to go through the entire data report manually, and make necessary comparisons or other business decisions. That is, the reports contain a limited set of projections and aggregations of the data. For instance, to find total sales revenue generated for the month of January 2008 in a report with a product dimension hierarchy, the user has to go through the data report manually to find out the instances of revenue generated in the month of January 2008. Further, the users have to determine the sales revenue for the month of January 2008, and manually take a business decision, like finding out the total sales revenue. Also, currently available tools do not allow users to modify the criteria based upon which they are analyzing the data report.

"Hence, there is a need for providing a method and system to analyze the data present in the data report, and to analytically represent such data to ease the users' interaction with the data in the data report."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "Embodiments of the invention are generally directed to methods and systems for analyzing data within a data report. The data report, including a result set and metadata associated with the result set is retrieved. The data report may be retrieved from a data report repository. The result set is analyzed to identify one or more fields. Dimensions and measures within the result set are inferred. Based upon the inferred dimensions and measures, a user interface element is rendered on a user interface. The user interface element is utilized to define a query. Based upon the query defined in the user interface element, a measure included in the query is aggregated along a dimension included in the query, to create a collection of aggregations. A visual representation of the collection of the aggregations is rendered on the user interface.

"In an embodiment, the above method may be used to systemize the data within the data report. The required data transformations are codified and the required data is presented as a set of possible actions with respect to what the user would like to see in the visual representation.

"These and other benefits and features of embodiments of the invention will be apparent upon consideration of the following detailed description of preferred embodiments thereof, presented in connection with the following drawings in which like reference numerals are used to identify like elements throughout."

For more information, see this patent: Haggie, Thomas. Analyzing Data within a Data Report. U.S. Patent Number 8819041, filed December 22, 2009, and published online on August 26, 2014. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: Business Objects Software Limited, Software.

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