Enterprise Reporting Tools: A Complete Overview

enterprise reporting toolsWhat are Enterprise Reporting Tools?

Enterprise reporting tools aim to extend the features of a traditional reporting tool to non-technical end users allowing them to access and present data in charts, tables, widgets and other visualizations so users can extract useful insight and information. The features of an enterprise reporting tool can also be associated with a business intelligence (BI) software suite.

Reports from a reporting platform can vary in their interactivity. Static reports cannot be manipulated by end users while interactive reports allow users to navigate a report through various hierarchies and visualization elements. Interactive reports allow you to drill down through various levels of the data at the click of a button. They also allow you to navigate, sort, filter, pivot, slice and dice, and view the data from different angles for your specific needs.

Enterprise Reporting SoftwareWhat is the Goal of an Enterprise Reporting Tool?

Reporting is commonly an early step in data processing that achieves the goal of interactive, actionable information. Interactivity in the form of drill down, sort, filter, and other features allow you to further explore your data for the best insights. Actionable information empowers you with the knowledge to make better business decisions.Implementing an enterprise reporting tool across an organization may be a difficult task. Reporting should, therefore, fit within your strategic business goals in order to be useful. There are many use cases to consider from managing performance data to financial reporting.

Common Enterprise Reporting Features

Fully Managed Reporting

Enterprise reporting tools often have the ability to actively manage the security permissions of different users from an administrative console. They also often have the ability to distribute unique reports to different end users depending on their permissions. A capability which is known as, “bursting” reports a subset of, “scheduled” reports.

Both Interactive and Static Reports

Enterprise level tools should also have the ability to visualize data in an interactive way, meaning the ability to manipulate different components of a report for further data analysis. As well as have the ability to distribute static reports if there is a specific need for them.

Ad Hoc Reporting

The ability to enable non-technical end users to create reports from scratch has become a standard in enterprise-level products.

Data Discovery Capabilities

Data discovery is a secondary part of the data analysis process. The ability to discover patterns and actionable intelligence in-context is a large part of what happens after a report is created.

Reusable Resources & Collaboration

The ability to create different types of data resources made available to end users is one thing, but the ability to actively reuse and enable users to share these data resources is yet another. As decision making is often a collaborative process, the ability to efficiently distribute and utilize resources between different users within an organizational group is becoming increasingly important.

Enterprise Reporting SoftwareHow Does an Enterprise Reporting Tool Work?

One of the purposes of an enterprise reporting tool is to empower non-technical users while offering IT the flexibility and power to create complex reports.

Report developers use report design tools (e.g., report writers), such as JReport Designer, to specify properties such as connections to data sources, display formats, data visualizations, filters, parameters and many other options that are essential for report presentation.

enterprise reporting toolsNon-technical users can self-service their reporting needs directly from a Web application using ad hoc reporting capabilities. By building reporting components, pulling in data, and designing ad hoc reports on their own, users have the full capabilities to create what they need in order to make speedy data-driven decisions. Reports published to a reporting platform such as JReport Server extract data and then generate the reports. Enterprise reporting tools often include administrative capabilities such as scheduling, exporting, versioning control, distribution, bursting, and more.

Key Takeaways

  • Enterprise reporting tools allow technical and non-technical end users to create reports that fit their needs
  • Reports visualize data creating actionable information for you to improve decision making
  • Developers can embed an enterprise reporting tool into applications to allow users to access pre-defined reports or create ad hoc reports through a user-friendly interface

JReport: An Enterprise Reporting Tool with a Lighter Footprint

JReport, an innovator in advanced reporting for embedded use cases, provides many of the capabilities of a traditional reporting tool such as interactivity, drill down, pixel perfect and ad hoc reports, security permissioning, clustering and fail over for high availability, scheduling and bursting features, and multi-tenancy all with a lighter footprint than other traditional enterprise reporting tools. This gives organizations the ability to scale with ease and at a much lower hardware cost. JReport is the ideal enterprise reporting software for internal use cases where budget is a factor, and with its advanced white labeling capabilities embedding JReport into pre-existing business portals is a breeze.

Why Embedded Enterprise Reporting with JReport?

The need for organizational reporting grows daily. Let’s take a look some benefits of embedding JReport’s analytics within your web portals to see why:

Add Value to Your Internal Application or Web Portal

The additional interactivity and collaboration embedding reporting and analytics within your application brings can empower users to dive deeper into your data for greater data insights and better decision making.

Save Capital, Time, and Effort

Compared to developing a reporting solution in-house, utilizing a third party system like JReport can save you capital, time, and effort. This allows you to focus on your core capabilities while keeping up with user demands, future-proofing your reporting, and with the added benefit of a lower cost of ownership.

Deploy Rapidly

Another huge time and effort savings is JReport’s ability to deploy rapidly. Compared to utilizing, traditional reporting, open-source, or homegrown solutions, Embedded reporting tools like JReport are designed to be embedded.

White Label for a Seamless Integration

Often a point of consideration for departments looking for reporting for their internal web portals is maintaining a consistent look and feel with the rest of their application. JReport allows you to white label the look and feel of your web portal with ease.

JReport encompasses the features you would come to expect from an enterprise reporting tool while also giving you the white labeling and API flexibility you expect from an embedded analytics solution.

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