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Chapter 29. Programming Combo and List B... > Streamlining Decision Support Front ...

Streamlining Decision Support Front Ends

Decision-support applications deliver information used by executive management to analyze business trends and by-line managers to analyze day-to-day performance of their business area and its staff. Most executives and line managers prefer graphs and charts to display trends, but deviations from expected results require display of detail data to pinpoint problem areas. Supervisors need more targeted data for monitoring employees’ activities, such as reviewing order entry operations for accuracy and timeliness.

Decision-support applications involve read-only access to data, so you aren’t limited to datasheet or form/subform views of queries. Access list boxes offer faster performance and easier multi-record navigation than forms and subforms, which are intended primarily for data entry. Combo boxes are the ideal control for letting users make ad hoc choices of the information they need to see.


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