If you are just getting started with the Nova Report Center, you may be unsure of some of the words and phrases that you encounter. Below are some common words and phrases related to Nova Report Center, along with descriptions.

Data Sources

Data sources drive reports. They are the sets of information used to build reports. Choose a data source that is representative of the type of data you want to display. If you can’t decide on a data source, you can clone one of the system reports to get started. To see more on data sources, click here.


You can narrow the scope of your report to a specific organization within your tenant.

Organization Group

Select an organization group to further narrow the scope within your report.

Add Aggregation

For table reports, you can aggregate fields to get a specific count for that field. For example, let’s say you want to quickly see how many Azure AD users have been assigned to each department within your organization. You can do this by selecting Department as your table field, then select Add aggregationthen choose Display Name with Count as your operator. The amount of users within each department displays. This is useful if you need to know the number of objects within a data field.

Add Filter and Add Sorting

Filters and sorting are explained above. Note that you can use up to 5 filters within each section of your report. To learn more about filtering, click here.


Set the starting record by applying an offset.


This is the highest number of results shown within the report. For example, if you have a limit of 20, then 20 entries display. Note that if you choose to download your report, the limit will be ignored and all data is shown.

Enable Paging

Useful for large data sets, paging allows you to see a select number of results per page before you need to move to the next page for more results. If this is disabled, all data displays in one table without having to page through results. If the report is downloaded, it won’t be organized into pages.


It’s likely that your pie/bar chart will have a lot of data to show, resulting in a complex report that’s not easy to analyze. Overflow aggregates calculations outside of your limit into one specific bar or pie wedge. For example, if you have a limit of 6 wedges or bars, any data from outside of your 6 biggest wedges or bars will be calculated and formed into one bar or wedge.

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