Web Reporting with JReport

What are Web Reporting Tools?

Web Reporting Tools or Web-Based Reporting Tools are tools which enable the viewing, creation, and editing of reports via a web interface such as a web browser. Web reporting tools can be standalone or embedded in 3rd party applications, often done with the help of API sets. In these cases, the ability to white label and customize a web reporting tool to match the look and feel of the outer lying web application is often essential.

What is the Goal of a Web Reporting Tool?

The main goal of web reporting is presenting data an actionable format via the web.

Reporting as a whole, is used in an early part of the data analysis process and serves to present data in a visual and often interactive way for further data discovery or data analysis. The levels of interactivity from report to report and from platform to platform can range widely. Common types of interactions web reporting tools provide are the ability to sort and filter data, drill through different semantic layers of data and export data to other systems for further analysis. All of the interactive options culminate in providing users with the ability to dig deeper into data.

Web Reporting Enables Enterprise-Wide Information Delivery

Web Reporting ExamplesMore than ever, businesses today rely on fast, reliable information access. It is increasingly necessary for enterprises to empower users with web reporting to enable anywhere, anytime access to critical operational data.

Why Do Software Vendors Use Web Reporting?

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Web reporting is used by software vendors for a number of reasons. Mainly, it’s used as a part of larger embedded analytics integrations. Embedded analytics encompasses a variety of analytical functionality which software vendors choose to embed into their applications because it can be more cost effective long-term to maintain by reducing extraneous development costs, it can be more rapidly deployed than building reporting functionality yourself meaning your time-to-market is quicker, it future proofs your analytical capabilities meaning your development team not longer needs to worry about building out new analytics capabilities to keep up with your competition, it helps reduce your support burden, it can also give your product a competitive edge when compared to other competitors applications who may only support a small set of reports, dashboards, and visualizations.

JReport Makes it Easy to Integrate Web Reporting in Any Application

With JReport, Jinfonet’s web reporting software, organizations can give users across the enterprise the ability to access and create web reports from within any application. From secure login to end-user access, web reporting with JReport has never been easier.

JReport delivers more than static web reports by enabling interactive reporting. Users have the ability to dynamically sort, filter, group, and drill through data to glean useful business information. It also enables your users to easily create ad-hoc dashboards and reports, and allow them to get quick results from their business data. Dashboards have also become increasingly important for KPI tracking and executive decision-making.

JReport is a 100% web reporting tool that integrates easily into any application, allowing users to:

  • Create new reports and modify existing web reports on the fly
  • Perform user-defined ad hoc queries to generate customized web reports
  • Dynamically modify report views to find information quickly
  • Blend data visualizations seamlessly into your applications, giving users an integrated look and feel for an intuitive user experience.
  • Send and share dashboards and reports in different formats. Easily export to PDF, Excel, HTML5, XML, and much more.

Benefits of Embedding Web Reporting Tools

The ability to embed web reports and dashboards into web-based applications has removed the limit with which objective decision making has traditionally hit: data discovery and analysis is now mobile. Now your C-Level end users can quickly and easily view, edit, and interact with reports and dashboards while visiting clients, at board meetings, or even away from the office. With JReport this capability is enhanced further with intelligent responsive design, allowing your reports and dashboards to auto fold to fit the screen of any device they’re being viewed on giving your end users a superior UI experience.

How Does a Web Reporting Tool Work?

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Web reporting usually has three parts:

The first part of most web reporting tools is a back-end reporting engine which acts as the middleware between the data layer and the application layer.

The second part is the reporting engine’s presentation layer itself, which integrates into an application’s application and presentation layers.

The third part of most web reporting tools is an application interface for creating the reports themselves. This can sometimes be integrated the actual presentation layer of the web reporting tool or can be a separate desktop application. In the case of JReport, we support capabilities in both the presentation layer as well as an IDE style desktop application we call JReport Designer. The capabilities available in the presentation layer are our self-service capabilities which allow non-technical end users to create reports and dashboards from inside your application. These capabilities are enabled through the availability of business-oriented data resources collected and managed by developers we call a, “business view”. A business view acts as a semantic data layer that helps separate non-technical end users from the underlying data structure of your resources. This allows them to easily understand the data provided to them for the creation and editing of reports, dashboards, and other visualizations.

JReport empowers your application with all of the capabilities you would find in traditional web reporting platforms as well as many capabilities you would find in an enterprise reporting solution and even enterprise level dashboarding capabilities.

Key Takeaways

  • Web reporting tools allow you to put interactive and self-service reports in the hands of your users easily through a web portal or application.
  • Many software developers embed web reporting into their products as a part of larger embedded analytics integrations.
  • JReport makes it easy to embed both web reporting and embedded analytics into any application with a full suite of Java and JavaScript APIs.
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