Database Reporting Tools: Everything You Need to Know

What are Database Reporting Tools?

Database reporting tools allow you to create reports based on the data stored in your database or data warehouse. Two of the most popular types of databases are relational and NoSQL.

Database reporting toolsRelational databases store data in tabular relations and they are managed through a database management system. Database reporting and database reporting tools rely on connections to a relational database management system (RDBMS), typically through JDBC or ODBC. The most popular types of relational database management systems are MySQL, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2 and PostgreSQL. Structured Query Language (SQL) is used by database reporting tools to query and manage data in relational database management systems. Once a connection is established to a RDBMS, database reporting tools then can present data in reports and dashboards.

Database ReportingOn the other hand, if you require database reporting on large volume, unstructured, or real-time data you may need a big data storage solution. NoSQL databases are well-enabled at storing and retrieving big data which the tabular relations and structure found in relational databases simply cannot. Database reporting on NoSQL data sources requires either a customized SQL connector, ETL solution, or another native way of accessing data.

What is a Database Report?

A database report is a report created from a culmination of queried data visualized for the purposes of analysis, data discovery, and decision-making.

Database reports can be created through traditional BI platforms and embedded BI platforms through front-end calls to a backend database. These calls are often formulated as SQL queries.

A traditional BI platform may run a call to an internal data resource to then visualize a database report through a centralized front end BI system.

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An embedded BI platform would run a similar function but through a 3rd party application front end. An example of this would be a 3rd party logistics software application used by a freight and trucking company. This application may have reports about current inventory levels, shipping history and tracking, current status of undelivered shipments, etc. which may be built into the  application, but which may run through an embedded analytics solution from the application interface itself There’s normally a security layer involved passing the requests from the embedded analytics application to  the application layer itself and finally querying the data layer using SQL to visualize the data.

JReport comes with additional reporting features which allow the representation of data to be taken several steps forward. Traditional reporting features like cascading parameters, which allows you to define restrictions on different data elements such as selecting a data range, as well as filtering and sorting capabilities which allow you to manipulate data within a given report, and fully interactive and ad hoc reporting capabilities allows you to do much more with a database report. JReport also allows you define row and column level security parameters meaning the output parameters are restricted based on user, role, and organization levels. These types of additional data discovery and analysis capabilities are often categorized in the larger umbrella term “business intelligence”.

What is Business Intelligence (BI)?

Business Intelligence is an umbrella term for a set of analytical tools and methods that allow users to observe, visualize, and analyze data.  Users can pull and combine different data sources by executing multiple database queries to mash up different data elements. These queries are then visualized into reports, dashboards, and other visualizations allowing decision makers to easily view data in a usable way and then analyze said data to make better business decisions.

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JReport, a leader in database reporting tools for embedded use cases, empowers you to access different database types and mash up multiple databases to create sophisticated, interactive reports and dashboards with ease. JReport’s embedding technology allows you to white label and embed reports, dashboards, and visualizations into any application whether it be an internal business portal or a full-fledged customer facing SaaS application. JReport supports many different types of data sources, from relational databases, flat files, web services, big data sources, and even user-defined data sources.

Benefits of Database Reporting with JReport:

  • Enhance Your Applications Reporting-  JReport allows you to embed advanced reporting capabilities such as ad hoc reporting, report scheduling, report bursting, interactive reports, etc. so your end users can make quicker decisions.
  • Implement and Deploy Quickly- When compared to building a reporting solution in your application from scratch or even using open source charting libraries as a starting point, JReport can be embedded into your application quickly and seamlessly.
  • Flexibility, Control, and Customization- JReport’s full suite of JavaScript and Java APIs, along with its advanced white-labeling capabilities, allows you to fully customize not only the look and feel of your reporting capabilities, but all allow you to match the business logic already present in your current application UX.  Our flexible security options also allow you to securely embed with ease.
  • Save Money, Time, and Effort- The functional improvements seen from utilizing a 3rd party embedded BI platform is not the only advantages. Quicker time to market and less dedicated development resources also mean you can spend more time on the core capabilities of our products value proposition and spend less time working on the database reporting aspects of your suite.
  • Scale with Ease- Another huge advantage of utilizing a 3rd parted embeddable database reporting solution is the ability to scale with ease. JReport’s architecture is designed to scale up and down as you need it with load balancing and failover capabilities.
  • Future Proof Your Database Reporting- Utilizing a third party product like JReport also helps future-proof your application’s database reporting functions because instead of having to spend additional development cycles creating new capabilities to keep up with your market, JReport does that for you.

Key takeaways

• Database reporting tools allow you to access any database and create reports based upon the stored data.
• Relational databases store data in tabular relations. A database reporting tool typically queries relational databases using SQL over a JDBC or ODBC connection.
• Database reporting on NoSQL big data sources relies on a customized SQL connector, ETL solution, or another native way at accessing data.
• With JReport, you have the flexibility to embed reports, dashboards, and visualizations created from any data source.

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