Time entry reports are initially set to a filter on the Standard Report for the Current Month. Filters and conditions may be changed to exclude certain time entries. For example, you may only want to see approved, non-invoiced time entries which are billable to get an idea as to the time entries which have not yet been included in the revenue reporting from accounting.
Report Type Mode
Sets the type of report for project managers to report only time on projects they are managing and resources to report only their own time. Options include Standard Report, Project Time Entries for Resources on Active Projects I am PM on, and Your Time Entries. Users are restricted from selecting anything other than their own time entries unless they are managing projects or have been given report viewer rights.
Date Range Type
Setting dates allows for the selection of a "Date Range Type," the first of which is a "Dynamic Dates" selection.
Dynamic Dates - Are a preset ranges of dates that are commonly used, such as current week, current month, last month, next year and that change automatically. If a report is saved with these settings or a filter is remembered with these settings, the next time report is run of the filter is applied, the date range will change automatically relative to the current date. For example, if the current month is October, selecting "Current Month" as a Dynamic Date Range will automatically set the date range to Oct 1 to Oct 31st. If the current month then becomes November, the date range will reset automatically to Nov 1 to Nov 30. The report or filter does not have to be changed as the range changes automatically.
Specific Dates - These are specific dates that are entered and you control what the range is. If a report is saved with these settings or a filter is remembered with these settings, those specific date ranges will be saved as well and when the report is re-run or the filter applied, it will always use those exact dates, they will never change.
Inclusion Check boxes
The six check-boxes below the Date Range Type will include or exclude the resulting time entries on the report based on which boxes are checked.
Entry Filtering Options
Entry Filtering Options gives the option to filter on time entries with specific Time Codes.
Company & Contract Filtering Options
Selecting from the drop downs, specific companies and/or contacts may be selected to refine your report.
Advanced Company & Company Contract Filtering Options
Include company specific time entries that are not associated with a project will include company specific time entries that are not associated with a project. Time may be entered without attachment to a task or a project for companies that have been set up by the Project Insight administrator to allow direct time entries against the company without requiring a project and/or a task within the project. Checking this option ensures that all time entries are reported without a requirement of the time having an association with a specific project and/or task.
Selected companies MUST be associated to the task directly, or the company must be associated to the project as the default company for the project. Time entries within a project may be made to tasks set with properties to charge the time to a company other than the default company for the project. Checking this option will make certain that time within the project that should not be charged to the company in the filter is NOT included.
Selected company contracts MUST be associated to the task directly, or the company contract must be associated to the project as the default company contract for the project. Time entries within a project may be made to tasks set with properties to charge the time to a contract other than the default contract for the project. Checking this option will make certain that time within the project that should not be charged to the contract in the filter is NOT included.
Project Filtering Options
Project Filtering Options are set to filter out the time entries based on the application of the entries to projects and project types. In addition, time entries based on the resource type/role assignment to the task within which the time was entered may be filtered here.
User Custom Field Options
If your administrator has created a customer User field and configured it to be a report filter, then it will show in your display options for filtering. The image below is only an example.
Project Custom Field Options
Project Custom Field Options will only appear as an option on this report if your system administrator has setup Project Custom Fields and they are set to be available as a report filter. The image below is an example of a project custom field.
Charting Display Options
Two types of Charts are available to be used to view data. Up to four charts can be created during the process.Predefined allows for a drop down selection of any charts that have been predefined.
Custom Chart allows for selection of information to create a chart.
Chart Type includes six different types of charts that can be created. These include Area, Bar, Column, Donut, Line and Pie.
Aggregate By enables a selection of data field to aggregate upon.
Chart Column enables a selection of columns for data for the chart to use.
- Aggregate Type enables you to select Sum, Average, Count, Max or Min for the column of data.
- Hide # enables you to hide the number for the data.
- Stacked enables you to stack the data.
*Note there is an add icon at the end of the row which allows you to add multiple rows of data fields for the chart.
X-Axis and Y-Axis
Aggregate By is the y-axis and the Chart Columns is the x-axis.
Column Chart, Area Chart and Line Chart:
Aggregate By is the x-axis and the Chart Columns is the y-axis.
Tile Charts Vertically will change the output of more than one chart so that the charts display in a single, left-justified column as opposed to a horizontal display (side-by-side) across the top of the page.
Include the Table Results with the Charts will display the report with the report data supporting the chart(s) in a table format below the chart(s) display. The table results are simply a report which is identical to what you would see if you ran the report without using the Charting Display options.
Group By / Sub Total Options
The report can be grouped by column names or sorted by column names in either ascending or descending order.You can also stack several choices and group within groups or sort within sorts.
Columns Selection Filtering Options
Column Selection Filtering Options will control the data fields displayed as columns for the report. Detailed information for setting preferences in the data field column displays is contained in the Column Display Options topic.
Inline Editing Options
Inline Editing Options when enabled allows the report to be editing inline similar to do inline editing on task where the columns being displayed may be edited and new items can be created. Be sure to select a folder where any new items would be saved.
Save / Share Report
After selecting your display options for the report click on the run report icon to view your report. You can continue to update and change the display options and re-run the report as needed until you have your desired results.
On the General tab for saved reports, you can choose to include the report in the Report Menu. This places the report in the drop-down, fly-out menu of the global report navigation. The report will be available on that menu for you and for anybody who also has the report by way of sharing it with them. There may also be an option to save as new report if the report you're using originated from a previously saved report. Save as new will save a new report without overwriting any changes you've made to the previously saved report. Saving as new does not force a name change to the saved report, but it is always a good idea to change the name anyway so that you do not have two different reports with the same name. If the report you are saving was shared to you by another user as the original report creator, the save as new report option is the only option available. You cannot make and save modifications to a report created by another person, but rather you will save your own new report.
The Share tab allows you to share with Groups, Companies and Users. If the report is relevant to multiple users, you may find that Companies or Groups are the best way to make sure that the report is not only shared with all of the appropriate users, but also that any new users added to the Company and/or Group automatically get the shared report.
There is an important distinction between shared users on reports and shared users for scheduled reports which must be understood whenever sharing reports with sensitive data. Shared users accessing a link to the report, whether through the application interface or an email link, will run a query which presents the data based on the specific user's permissions, settings and access rights. A shared user accessing a report which was saved as static data (i.e. spreadsheet or PDF file) when the schedule was run will see the exact same results as the creator of the report because the report was run and saved under the settings of the report creator as static data for the other users to view. This important distinction is re-iterated in the explanation of the Report Output Format in the scheduled report settings.
The Description tab is a reference to any information you'd like to add which may help to explain the purpose of the report in more detail than you would normally include in the simple saved name for the report.
The Schedule tab is used to run the report and send a reminder with a link to the report that was run at the selected interval for the report. If the Report Output Format is Link Reminder (dynamic), the scheduled report is simply a URL/link reminder which will run a query and display the real-time data as a result of the query. It does not save static data from the time of the execution of the scheduled report.
If the Report Output Type is not Link Reminder (dynamic), for example it is a spreadsheet or PDF format, the data is saved as static information at the time of the execution of the report. A shared user accessing the report which was saved as static data when the schedule was run will see the exact same results as the creator of the report because the report was run and saved under the settings of the report creator as static data for the other users to view. It is important to note this distinction because the receiver of the scheduled report may see data in the results which they would not otherwise have access to view.