Java Reporting and JReport: Everything You Need to Know

Java Reporting Defined

A Java reporting tool is a reporting tool built on Java architecture that allows you to extract and present data in charts, tables, and other visualizations so users can better use information. It can also allow you to build paginated reports ideal for exporting to .PDF. A reporting tool is typically an application within a business intelligence (BI) software suite.

Buy vs. Build- The Best Path to Embedding Reports and Dashboards into your Java Application

Build vs. Buy Java Analytics

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One of the most common questions we hear from customers is “how do we decide whether we should buy or build our application’s analytics?” Enabling and improving decision-making is an important part of most applications. The ability to empower users with deeper data insights can be a core differentiator in your product’s market where many applications provide only basic static or canned reports. The capabilities and benefits you get from licensing a 3rd party product can far outweigh the analytics you build from scratch.

Focus on your Core Competencies

Developing analytics from scratch or even using an open source analytics tools or charting libraries as the basis for your analytics takes lots of time and more importantly lots of development resources. Embedding a third party product saves time, capital, and resources while also future-proofing your analytics for years to come.

Time to Market

With a decrease in development time comes the ability to improve launch dates and updates. Embedding JReport gives you the ability to get your product in customer’s hands quicker.


What happens when your product grows? Is it feasible to hand code new reports as you scale? How will your reporting code base deal with ever-increasing throughput? When embedding a Java reporting solution such as JReport the answers become more straightforward.

JReport – The Leader in Java Reporting

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JReport is a reporting and dashboard tool that seamlessly integrates Java reports and dashboards into any application. JReport’s Java EE architecture means that Java report development and deployment in diverse environments no longer requires costly integration of various resources. JReport can be fully embedded and is a fully customizable reporting tool. It has an extensive Java and JavaScript API set allowing you to integrate seamlessly on both the front and back end. Here are some highlights of JReport:

  • Self-Service BI- Self-Service BI reduces dependency on experts by allowing non-technical end users the ability to quickly develop new reports and dashboards on their own, on the fly.
  • Ad Hoc Analysis- Get multi-dimensional data analysis with click-and-drag ease in advanced ad hoc analysis tools.
  • Richer Visualizations- Mash-up charts, tables, crosstabs, maps and external widgets and components from different data sources.
  • Interactive Visualizations- Along with an extensive library of data visualization options, JReport natively supports interactivity functions such as filtering, sorting, and drill-down, among others.
  • Seamless Integration- Bolster your application’s data analytics with reports and dashboards that truly integrate into your architecture.
  • White Labeling- Match the look and feel of your application with extensive customization capabilities for white label reports. Create a seamless experience for your application’s users.

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Benefits of JReport Embedded Java Reporting

  • Benefits of JReport

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    Reports, dashboards, and visualizations can be embedded into any application including SaaS BI applications, both in the back and front end. Giving you the ability to match the look, feel, security, and business logic of your application.

  • JReport comes built with a large variety of white-labeling capabilities out of the box allowing you to quickly customize reports to meet your needs.
  • Speedy Implementation and deployment- Deployment times are faster when a BI reporting tool that is geared for embedding compared to building a tool from scratch. JReport natively supports things like single sign-on and multi-tenancy to reduce development time needed.
  • Management: JReport has an extensible api set which allows you to fully manage the end user experience. It also have a wide variety of administrative features to make easier for administrators to manage performance and security.
  • Security: You can have complete control over the BI security infrastructure you utilize with JReport. JReport includes advanced permissioning systems and security control.
  • Scalability: JReport has a flexible architecture that allows you to scale with your application. High availability, failover protection, and load balancing are all available to scale as needed.

JReport’s Modern 3-Layer Architecture

JReport Architecture

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JReport utilizes a modern 3-tier architecture which provides many different benefits including as previously mentioned: speed of development, scalability, performance, and availability.  3-tier architecture allows development teams to independently develop and enhance different parts of your application by utilizing independently contained, modularized tiers. In the context of embedding JReport, this allows you to independently enhance different parts of your product while maintaining the same configuration and implementation of JReport. This allows you to develop with greater speed than developing a singular code base because a specific layer of your application can be upgraded with minimal impact on JReport.

Performance & Scalability

JReport is made up of two separate components: JReport Server and JReport Designer. JReport Designer is an IDE style desktop application utilized for the connecting data sources, and for building data resources and more advanced reports and dashboards. JReport Server is a high performance java web reporting server designed with scalability in mind. It utilizes Node technology to scale from a single server to hundreds in a clustered environment with no master-slave system. This allows you to have intelligent failover with no single points of failure. As mentioned, it also includes load balancing technology as well as in-memory cubes to more efficiently and effectively deliver reports, dashboards, and visualizations to your end users.

Whether you’re deploying in the cloud or on-premises, utilizing big data or traditional SQL data sources, JReport allows you to enable fast access to your application’s aggregated data.

The Importance of Java Reporting

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Finally, the widespread use of applications built on Java EE standards has given rise to the demand for Java-based reporting tools. While these tools leverage the functionality of Java EE, not all solutions are created equal. Ease of use and ease of embedding are key differentiators amongst these tools. A set of API customization options and flexibility in white-labeling are key to the embedding process both on the front and back end.

Key Takeaways

  • Utilizing a third party Java reporting tool can save time money and resources by decreasing the development and deployment cycle often needed to add analytics to your application
  • JReport’s modern 3-tier architecture, Java and JavaScript APIs, customization options, and scalability make it easy meet even the most demanding of customer needs.
  • Embedding JReport into your application gives your non-technical end users better, more sophisticated analytics capabilities without affecting the look and feel of your application.

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