In Dresner Advisory Services recent embedded BI market study, industry expert’s polled 5,000 organizations to find out what analytics features were most important within applications. The results were no surprise. The ability to actively interact with data through sorting, filtering, and drilling down is an essential part of the data processing and data analysis processes. So too, is the ability to create and edit reports, dashboards, and data visualizations.
Nowadays, reporting and analytics are in nearly everything. From your mobile fitness app to your smart fridge, the internet of things and “smart” systems are helping to bring analytics to the forefront of everyday life. And because of this non-technical users are becoming more data savvy.
As the widespread adoption of more readily available and easily understood BI grows, the importance of delivering easy to use ad hoc reporting capabilities in your applications will reach a critical point. But why is that? In this blog, we’ll cover why ad hoc matters to your users, why it will matter to your support and development teams, and why you should embed self-service capabilities in your application.
Why Ad Hoc Reporting Matters to Your Application’s Users
The need for faster data insights has never been more important in the day to day workflows of decision makers, power users, and non-technical users alike. But the way in which applications have traditionally delivered data insights has relied on a close relationship between your support and development teams and end users, wherein end users request new reports or other data deliverables directly from your teams. But this often creates a large lag time between an initial request and the delivery of a report or dashboard. This inefficiency has driven many organizations to leverage outside self-service applications and their own IT staff to drive more speed and flexibility in data reporting. But this still means a lag between your application and the delivery of data results. Not only that, it also means that your client’s IT staff takes on the additional burden of managing another application as well as the security and permissions around managing their own BI platform. Overall this can create a lackluster and often expensive client-side experience. By delivering self service analytics from your application, you can reduce the time between intelligence discovery and action by providing in-context analytics. Thereby, reducing additional client-side IT burden and improving the overall value of your product.
Embedded Ad Hoc Reporting: The Gift That Keeps Giving
But it’s not just users and their internal IT staff that benefit from the addition of embedded ad hoc reporting to your application. Your support and development teams both can greatly benefit from the addition of more self-service capabilities because as mentioned, you are automating an entire manual workflow between users and support/development. Users will no longer need to reach out for the creation of reports and dashboards as often before, meaning your teams have more time to focus on developing and supporting the main capabilities of your application. This can be a huge change maker if your organization currently bogged down by many manual report requests.
Beyond the continued empowerment you enable when utilizing an embedded analytics platform like JReport which includes ad hoc reporting, there are a plethora of additional developer benefits which cuts down overall integration and maintenance time. Reports, dashboards, and widgets are all reusable, meaning less initial development time and less overall time creating additional components down the road. Flexible integration and customization capabilities mean that you can embed and white-label with ease. Integrating JReport also means you’ll have a future-proofed system so that once integrated, there will be less maintenance time than building the same functionality yourself.
- As the need for quicker data insights grows, ad hoc reporting will become an evermore important capability for your application to have.
- Ad hoc reporting can empower users, while simultaneously lessening your support and report development burden.
- Embedding an analytics system which includes ad hoc reporting means less time spent developing and maintaining those capabilities yourself.