We get bids from vendor on projects (RFPs). For each project we end up having different information submitted. As a result we often end up with an embedded table on the project record where only 10/40 fields have any information
Users are annoyed that they have to look at so many empty fields. Is there a way to display only the columns in a report if values are present?
For example, if the project has no value for "Rent" in any of the projects related "Bid" records, don't show the "Rent" Field in the project's embedded report.
I realize that we could achieve this by having multiple reports, however, we've come to the conclusion this would require maintaining over 200 reports, so we're looking for another solution.
Well I have a suggestion and you will be have to be the judge of whether your users find you or this suggestion more annoying than the current report.I won't go into the exact formula now but there's an easy formula that would list each field vertically and only the fields which had data in them so for example you would have a column like thisJob#: 1234Vendor Type: PremierRent $1,500and if there were 37 other blank columns then that's all you would see. Now I am only half joking to say that they will still dislike you but now they will dislike you for giving them a very vertical report instead of a very wide report.So maybe another suggestion to make use of more of the width of the report is to look at your 40 fields and maybe group them into about five or six different categories and then use my technique to make those vertical. That way the width will be used up and the data will be meaningful and the report won't get needlessly vertical or too wide. Goldilocks.