March 2005   
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RSS Solutions Upgrades NaView 5.0 by Seamlessly Embedding JReport
JReport Powers U.S. Naval Safety Center Web-Enabled Safety System
March Tech Tip

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RSS Solutions Upgrades NaView 5.0 by Seamlessly Embedding JReport   JReport Powers U.S.Naval Safety Center Web-Enabled Safety System
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RSS Solutions, a best-of-breed provider of Advanced Planning, Scheduling, and Execution (APS) solutions for the complex manufacturing and testing markets, has enhanced its NaView operational optimization software platform by embedding JReport. NaView provides a significant, measurable return on investment to clients by reducing labor costs, increasing throughput, reducing inventory and eliminating waste. NaView also helps manufacturers identify inefficiencies on the shop floor.

JReport provides the platform with key reporting and data presentation capabilities. JReport's 100% J2EE architecture made it very easy for the development team to integrate robust reporting into NaView with little coding. The easy, seamless integration freed developers to focus on other mission critical tasks associated with the application, which in turn reduced overall development time and kept the project on schedule and on budget.

JReport-enhanced NaView 5.0 gives customers the ability to create and view detailed, actionable reports on job progress, resource allocation, plant traffic, and a variety of other manufacturing-related statistics. Creation and dynamic modification of reports is accomplished in DHTML in real time through a set of familiar tools that are accessed through the standard NaView interface. Users never need to open a separate reporting tool or leave the native application to access reporting functionality; anywhere a user operates NaView, they can build, modify, view and export reports through JReport.

The “anywhere, anytime” data access that JReport brings to NaView 5.0 is critical in a hands-on industry like manufacturing, where managers and foremen may need to work from multiple workstations on the production floor of multiple manufacturing locations rather than from a single PC in a conventional office. By offering real-time access to actionable information regardless of a user's location, JReport helps NaView customers more accurately forecast costs, timelines and staffing needs, which helps them establish and meet delivery dates and production budgets.

JReport-enhanced NaView 5.0 launches worldwide in April 2005.

 
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The U.S. Naval Safety Center has deployed its JReport-powered Web-Enabled Safety System (WESS) for mishap event reporting and analysis. The Naval Safety Center works with over 4200 Navy and Marine commands worldwide to promote safety and safety processes. It is the Department of the Navy's organization for conducting safety investigations and mishap analysis, and is responsible for disseminating this information to the fleet.

In response to a challenge issued by Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld to reduce mishaps and accident rates by 50%, and driven by the Navy's initiative to move toward an e-business environment, the Safety Center has been aggressively implementing new, web-based technologies to enhance operations and availability of information. Among their web-initiatives is the migration from the Safety Information Management System (SIMS) to the WESS platform. WESS provides access to historical data on shore safety, aviation safety, and afloat safety to sailors, officers, civilian contractors, and the general public.

Embedded in WESS, JReport assists Naval analysts in identifying relationships between seemingly unrelated mishaps and their root causes. With this type of intelligence, the Naval Safety Center can educate appropriate audiences to affect equipment design, training, and operational maintenance processes in order to reduce mishap occurrence.

Safety officers utilize JReport to generate parameterized reports on mishap data. This data helps safety officers identify potential hazards and to educate the Navy and Marine commands on those hazards and how to avoid them. JReport also generates Excel format reports on unclassified information, for example, incident rates over a ten-year period. These reports will be posted on the Naval Safety Center 's website, www.safetycenter.navy.mil, and will be accessible by the general public.

 
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Tech Tip of the Month:
The Cross-Reference Table

As you develop more and more reports, the relationships among the catalog resources can become complicated. JReport addresses this complexity and manages these relationships through the cross-reference table.

When you edit a resource object - such as connections (tables, views, procedures, and SQLs), user data sources, hierarchical data sources, queries, formulas, summaries, parameters, or reports - the cross-reference table lets JReport scan the reference relationships between this object and others, and if a conflict is discovered, prompts you to update the changes in the resources that are referencing this object. The cross-reference table is a useful tool for monitoring and managing resource usage through multiple reports, and helps to control the integrity of all of the reports you are running.

To configure the cross-reference table:

  1. On the Catalog Browser toolbar, click the Configure Reference button.
  2. Check the data sources that you want JReport to monitor in the Data Source list.
  3. In the Resource Types list, check the resource types that are to be added to the cross-reference table. Click OK

To view the object reference relationships:

  1. On the Catalog Browser, browse to the object whose reference relationship you want to view.
  2. Right-click this object, and then click Reference Entities.

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