Besides MasterMine, no option including StoneField Query or Crystal Reports, really allows you to do data analysis or data management, which are huge additional benefits of MasterMine. But even considering only reporting, you have these choices:
Built into GoldMine, the capabilities of this tool are quite limited. GoldMine pros generally steer end users away because it requires a great deal of database knowledge and patience.
A highly technical, "programmer" tool. Users must know the GoldMine CRM Data schema and be quite familiar with Transact-SQL, field expressions, and GoldMine back-end conventions. Average users cannot be expected to create reports, and typically hiring professionals to do this is not cost- or time-effective.
The industry standard for generic (non-GoldMine-specific) reporting, but not user-friendly and requires users to have much more technical information and know-how. Reports take MUCH longer to create, don't integrate with GoldMine, are inflexible for end-users.
Same limitations as Crystal Reports. Also, these are not built to be report-writing solutions and therefore don't even have the usual report-related conveniences built in.
Puts information into user's "hands" up front, for easy, WYSIWYG-style drag-and-drop to get final results. Branch off any report to create new reports immediately. So integrated with GoldMine you can drill through to "pop" GoldMine records, build GoldMine CRM Groups from any segment in the report, re-shuffle fields, convert tables to graphs, filter on anything graphically (no need for SQL expression builders) -- all with immediate results. MasterMine is simply easier, faster, better.
|Features:||MasterMine||Crystal Reports||GoldMine Report Writer|
|Simple "Line Listing" Reports||✓||Requires Extensive Training||Some Built-in, hard to customize|
|Drill-through to GoldMine||✓|
|Speed to First Report||Seconds||Hours||??|
|Branch Off Existing Reports||Immediately||Clone and re-run||Clone and re-run|
|"What You See is What You Get" |
Editing with Immediate Results
|Versatile Summary Reports||✓|
|Build GoldMine Groups||✓|
|Data Management Functions||✓|
|Leverage Excel Knowledge||✓||Output only|
|Optional Data Update Capability|
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