In a narrower sense, an ad hoc report is a spontaneous report that displays information in a table or graph. Ad hoc reports are usually brief and the result of a question that has not already been answered in standard reports.
As there is a limit to how many questions that can be anticipated and answered with traditional types of reporting, ad hoc reporting can be very useful to answer unexpected questions that arise after a more careful examination of the data.
Not all ad hoc reporting is the same. Sometimes, finance professionals are looking for reports that can be reused for future reporting. Sometimes, only a single data query is needed to extra a record. Digital tools can support smoother and more efficient data queries.
In the age of Digital Transformation, modern digital tools offer efficient solutions that quickly outpace the old methods of creating Ad-hoc reports. Faster, more targeted, and more efficient tools for reporting can include categories such as: