Talis Decisions is a powerful and flexible reporting tool, but there are some things that can be done more easily in other ways. These include reports that also perform an update.
- reports of items that have not been loaned for a while that also set the status to withdrawn (see a recent post on stock management). We were asked to do this recently by a public library customer, and wrote a specific Perl script to the customer’s specification do both the reporting and the Alto update.
- Another example (for the same customer) was a script which didn’t merely report on popular items, but also updated the item type on Alto in accordance with the library’s preferences
- Another customer wanted to check stock using data from an RFID wand to report missing items and to set the status on Alto accordingly; again we wrote a bespoke script to implement the behaviour that they wanted.