The Power of the Web Activity Report
Blocking and allowing content is only half of the web filtering story. The other half is reporting. You need data about what your users are doing — and the information you want to see is probably different than the information someone else wants to see so it’s important that those reports be customizable. That’s what we provide with the Web Activity report.
Those of you who were around for TTC will remember the long list of reports that existed in the product. TTC had very limited report customization capabilities and we were constantly getting support requests to combine data from multiple reports in different ways. When we developed the Rocket reporting interface we took a different approach. We made the Web Activity report – and put infinite reporting power in your hands.
The Web Activity report has all of the data in one place and lets you apply filters and hide columns to create the exact reports you want.
While the Web Activity report can be useful on its own, the real power of this report is using it as a template from which to create and save customized versions that match exactly what data you are looking for.
As an example: If I want to look at how a particular user is overriding the web filter and what sites they are visiting during this override, I can easily build this report from the Web Activity report by adding filters for the appropriate user and for reason=override. If I want to make this report even easier to read to share with a non-technical administrator, I can turn off or hide all of the columns except user, destination, category, reason and time. I might choose to go one step further and summarize the report by Destination to provide that easy-to-read experience for the administrator with the pie chart showing the top overrides sites for the user in question. I can then save this custom report as well as schedule it for regular delivery to the administrator.
The power of our reporting system is that you can easily drill down to the data you need and then display that data exactly the way that you want — and save it, schedule it, or share it.
Go ahead and make a custom report today:
- Think of a question you want to answer
- Open the Web Activity report
- Click the magnifying glass on the right to access filters
- Add filters to show the information you want and click Apply
- Click on any unnecessary columns and hide them
- When the report is the way you want it, click the gear icon to save it as a custom report
Here’s what those icons look like:
You can learn more about Custom Reports in the manual