This article is part of the R365 Financial Report Writer training.  Click here for more information on R365 Financial Report Writer

Only Users with the following Permissions will be build Custom Financial Reports and Templates:

  • Reporting → Custom Financial Reports → Reports → Create/Edit Custom Financial Reports
  • Reporting → Custom Financial Reports → Templates → View/Create/Edit/Delete CFR Templates

Templates vs. Reports

In the R365 Financial Report Writer you will find lists for both 'Templates' and 'Reports'.  

Understanding the distinction between the two is essential for your success in using your Custom Financial Reports. Similar to the Report and Report Views relationship that exists in 'My Reports', each 'Template' will also have an associated 'Report' that can be ran.

In this relationship, you can think of the 'Reports' as saved views of the Template. Each time you create a new Template, an associated Report will be created as well.  You can then create multiple Reports in addition to the generated Report file.

Each Template can have many Reports, while each Report can only belong to a single Template, as shown below:

Each Report can be setup to unique specifications with set parameters, such as which Legal Entity, Region or Concept is included. You can then save the Report and it will be available to be ran at any time going forward. Each time you then run that Report, it will be ran using the previously saved parameters.


The R365 Financial Report Writer includes several example Templates and Reports that can be ran 'out-of-the-box' once the service has been enabled and provisioned. These Templates are a great starting point for you as your start building your own Custom Financial Reports. As described above, each Template also has an associated Report that is generated once the Template is saved. Click here for more information on Creating and Editing Templates.

Working With Rows & Columns in Templates

Due to the complex nature of the R365 Financial Report Writer, we have split up the training for Templates, Rows and Columns.  Each element is interconnected, and essential in the Report Building process. You can take a 'Row first, Column second' approach, or create your Columns first, followed by your Rows. Either way, both elements of the Template need to be addressed for you to have the desired result. Click the following links for more information on:

Creating Reports based off of Templates

The final step in creating your Reports is to make any parameter specifications, and save them as individual Reports. Click here for more information on Creating Reports

Sharing Report Templates

When a Report is finalized, Partner Channel Users can share its Template across multiple instances. Click here for more information on Sharing Report Templates.