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Understanding the Value of Parameters

By using parameter fields that allow business users to select from a list of one or more parameter field values (such as district, country, or account type), you can make reports more valuable for the business users while limiting the volume of data that the report retrieves. For example, a sales report is likely to be more valuable for the sales professionals if it allows them to select their specific territory or district, while the report runs more efficiently because it retrieves only the desired data and not an unnecessarily large data set. Parameter fields can prompt users for a variety of information to be used in a number of ways within reports, such as controlling the sort order, grouping order, record selection (filter), report title and descriptions, and other object values.

Parameter fields prompt the business user of a report to enter information—presenting a question that the user must answer before the report is executed. The information that a business user enters then determines what appears in the resulting report.


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