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computerDeskHandWith education comes innovation. Educators are always seeking ways to help their students learn better and faster. Solutions like Knowledge Factor, which uses JReport capabilities, does just that.

Knowledge Factor uses brain science and cognitive psychology to provide personally adaptable reports to students and educators in a variety of industries. Knowledge Factor has honed its amplifier learning software over the past decade, providing in-depth analysis into a learner’s knowledge progress, tailoring content presentation to how a student learns best. Using success metrics that Knowledge Factor provides, students and educators can measure progress, and stay aware of any gaps in knowledge and weaknesses.

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However, Knowledge Factor’s reporting capabilities weren’t always what a customer needed or wanted. Their original canned reports did not give specific users varied metrics; everyone got the same canned report. Once Knowledge Factor realized that their different customers analyze different information, they turned to JReport to provide the reporting and dashboarding features they most needed to progress their business.

Knowledge Factor was looking for a way to bring enhanced data visualization and access to their customers in a Web-based platform. With JReport’s interactive, drag-and-drop features, Knowledge Factor team members can choose from an expansive library of options to build client-tailored reports and dashboards.

Nick Hjort, VP of Product and Software Engineering at Knowledge Factor, enthusiastically disclosed that Report’s dashboard software called JDashboard “brings a new dynamic” to their reports because of how interactive and stylized they are. And with accessibility in any mobile device or personal computer, “customers and end users can compare” data and take that “deep dive into their data to get a more meaningful look at what’s going on in their environment.”

Because of JReport, Knowledge Factor has not only made their current customers more satisfied, but they’ve been able to convince new ones to purchase their product. They can also focus on selling a metrics angle to prospective clients, instead of relying heavily on the neuroscience behind their product. Hjort added that because of JReport features, his sales and marketing team members can now support all their claims “with high-impact data visualizations,” adding that as they’ve thought of new ways to visualize data outputs, JReport development teams were ready to help however they can.

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embedded reports and e-learning analyticsPicture a teacher at the beginning of the school year poring over lecture notes, classroom activities, grading sheets, diagrams, and more. Piles of paper are stacked around them, binders stuffed with notes and sheets. Then you have the student, hunched over their notebook and lecture sheets, trying to understand what the static diagrams in their textbooks are describing. They have piles of their own notes around them, highlighted in every color, but no easy way to test themselves on what they’ve been studying, until exam day.

With most industries turning to the Web, education has followed suit, creating the e-learning platforms that are now available. With e-learning comes many features that students, parents, and teachers can all benefit from.

E-learning software companies use JReport when automatic data tracking for grade reporting is needed. Using JReport’s dashboard features, e-learning software companies have created student and parent portals, where both can log in and check on individual grades and other learning analytics. Teachers can also log in and track their own data, including the grades and progress of individual students and entire classrooms. Being able to drill down into how each student and each class is doing can help teachers and school administrators monitor academic progress and areas that need improvement. Parents can also keep a watchful eye over their child’s progress, being alerted when their child needs extra academic help in a subject.

Using JReport’s embedded reporting features, teachers can log in and create reports on lesson plans, lecture notes, and activities. Also, being able to keep everything organized in the cloud can help teachers stay on top of their work and have easy access to the learning analytics information they need at any given moment. School administrators can see those reports and make sure that teachers fill in any gaps there may be.

With JReport-enhanced e-learning analytics software, teachers can create courses that are stored in the cloud, and use publishing tools to deliver their courses to any device. Using lesson plan templates, teachers now have more time to create better coursework and engage students. Courses can easily be added to, including multimedia to enhance students’ understanding of concepts and do away with static images and diagrams that may not explain details well enough for a student to understand. Teachers can also create polls, surveys, and quizzes to monitor their classrooms’ and students’ progress. Students can also see how they are improving and where there are gaps in their knowledge base.

By embedding JReport learning analytics, e-learning software companies can help teachers, school administrators, students, and parents keep track of lesson plans, grades, and student progress. Being able to fill in the gaps in teaching and student knowledge are important. With software that includes embeddable JReport features, it becomes easier to do this, all while maintaining that data in the cloud for easy access, manageability, and decision making.

To learn how you can embed JReport learning analytics into your e-learning software platform, contact us today.

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HR Reporting for Recruitment Management Software Sourcing, tracking, and hiring job candidates demand a lot of time and energy. From registration to job placement, a recruitment management company works hard to keep track of candidates. Being able to manage a recruitment company demands major organizational skills, efficient access to candidate data, quick and easy updates to candidate and job portfolios, candidate tracking capabilities, and customizable reporting and analysis on candidate data.

Some recruitment companies may need to manage as many as 500 interviews per week. Fulfilling the headcount requirements for, say, even a single 20-employee retail location may require processing thousands of applications. Not only do recruiters have to track candidates across multiple job opportunities during the hiring process, they also need to store candidate sourcing data, such as whether they came in from job-boards, emails, career webpages, or recruitment outreach through LinkedIn. This valuable data tells recruiters where the best candidates come from. Spreadsheets are a common way to access the data but are difficult to use, difficult to visualize and can’t be integrated into existing recruitment software.

Recruitment software must be not only able to easily track candidates but must provide the visual tools to report on and analyze data while maintaining data security. Client companies of recruiters must also have access to candidate data and visualize that data without being confined to spreadsheets.

Recruitment management software providers thus need customizable, intuitive HR reporting capabilities for themselves and their clients. They often have no reporting software and their dashboard capabilities provided by other vendors do not meet their mission critical needs. Security breaches are also a real area of concern, since they store a lot of healthcare information, background checks, and other secure documents. Providers too often rely on static spreadsheets and documents to solve their HR reporting and analysis needs.

JReport embeds into recruitment software to provide the ability to drill down and analyze candidate data, including common use cases of candidate placement, employment duration, salaries, skillsets, career laterality, and contract types. Using data presented by JReport, the recruiters and their clients can perform predictive analysis of candidate-to-job matching, providing clients with a deeper level of intelligent matchmaking. Recruiters can now laser target which candidates are the best candidates.

Recruitment management companies must be able to drill deeper into the candidate pool, provide better candidate management and more intelligent candidate matchmaking. Embedded reports and dashboards vastly enhance recruitment software in an easy, visual way.

To learn how your company could leverage customized HR reporting with BI features, contact us today.

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BI-and-Reporting-for-Higher-Education-InstitutesColleges and universities are typically challenged with managing the logistics of a large student body. With sometimes tens of thousands of students registering for courses in a single semester, it becomes difficult to maintain an organized and efficient process. Campus space is also often used for extracurricular and community events, which can further complicate scheduling. Room capacity, audience size, co-occurring events, and necessary features like projectors and Internet connection all have to be factored into the course registration and events organization process.

A large university recently had an in-house reporting solution with legacy data stores that were difficult to access. Modern embedded BI and reporting solutions couldn’t easily connect to these data stores without custom built connectors and some level of professional services. The JReport team was tasked with building an XML interface as part of an in-depth PoC in which any embedded BI solution could externally interface with the data.

Using JReport, the university was able to report on classroom scheduling for 60,000 students per semester. The reporting functionality also helped organize campus community events, extracurricular activities, and day/night commuter classes resulting in less personnel needed to perform manual organizational work. This freed up administrative employees to focus on other tasks and to better attend to student and community needs.

For universities, it’s critical that the reporting and scheduling functionality is easy enough to be used by non-technical end users, including admins and students registering for courses. By deploying embedded BI, universities empower users to run reports and schedule their resources in a self-service manner. Embedded BI even provides for data security, enabling report access control restrictions and user permission policies.

Higher education institutions can now provide better resource scheduling, coordination, and planning through embedded reports and dashboards that give deeper insights into the behaviors and needs of their student body.

To learn how your company could leverage customized BI reporting features, contact us today.

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BI-and-Reporting-for-Freight-ManagementRunning a freight management company requires a number of tracking and BI reporting capabilities. When these companies need to be able to report on freight logistics, financial accounts, clients, and carrier rates, they need a BI reporting solution that is fast, intuitive, and customizable.

A common frustration with freight management companies is the overall slow pace of their BI reporting system, which is a frequent end-user complaint. Recently, a freight company came to us with similar issues. The company manages freight systems, including vendor information, inbound/outbound freight, and finances. They needed a way to connect their data with their clients. Their BI reporting system was on weeks-old data, making their decision-making late and inefficient. Worst of all, their reports were static, so clients could not drill down to any details.

The company needed to report on fresher data, and create reports that would help identify areas of improvement, troubleshoot issues, or find new revenue opportunities. This would enable important dynamics of the company’s regular business, such as being able to organize and analyze data related to carrier dispatches, freight brokerage order planning, billings and invoices, as well as automating the load execution process and streamlining the transaction process. Not being able to report on those in a timely fashion was seriously impacting their ability to perform well in their industry.

Drilling down to details and ad hoc reporting for their users were essential requirements that they didn’t have. Their previous solutions had only the ability to provide static and canned reports. We provided them the ability to edit on-the-fly reports and dashboards, allowing employees to schedule reports with ease. Reports now also contain real-time data, making their decision-making more relevant on a day-to-day basis.

Embedding a customizable BI reporting solution into their Java platform was also critical. Integration with security and single-sign provides for an even more seamless deployment. Using their new BI platform enables them to aggregate a mountain of data into easily digestible visualizations, keeping everything organized and transferable. Users now have a portal to explore their data and create immediate ad hoc reports.

To learn how your company could leverage customized BI reporting features, contact us today.

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Implementing your own in-house reporting and retail business intelligence solutions might be a good starting point for some organizations. But application developers soon discover the challenges of managing large data stores, serving a growing concurrent user base, and giving those users a self-serviceable set of tools to develop their own BI. Turning to established retail business intelligence vendors when the capabilities and performance of these homegrown systems are exhausted could be your best bet.

 

Some companies in the retail space certainly fall into this category. Specifically, retail companies that specialize in inventory management need a way to provide interactive self-service reporting and dashboarding to their users. Here, existing solutions might run static reports, taking up to 10 minutes to generate each time. Immediate benefits can be realized with an embedded retail business intelligence solution solution by customizing these into dynamically interactive reports and by bringing down report generation times to mere seconds per report. Pushing out quicker BI with real-time data empowers users with intelligent and accurate business decisions.

Like most companies with vast data stores, retailers are very concerned with security. They need to ensure that their existing security systems are aligned with any tool or product introduced into their environment. With flexible single-sign on, LDAP integration and security options, BI can be embedded into existing application frameworks for a seamless deployment.

Employee time is valuable. When IT is spending more time setting up BI solutions and developing reports for users than true IT innovation in the data center, businesses slow down and users become frustrated. With embedded BI, rather than holding users’ hands through the process, IT can now empower users with their own BI work – Power users and end users alike can create their own ad hoc reports, dashboards, and perform their own data analysis.

Business intelligence helps companies in the retail space, but a robust, mature BI solution also alleviates their security concerns, wasted employee resources, poor static reporting, and overall inefficiency. Retailers can instead focus on inventory management, supply chain, and their core competencies.

To learn how your company could leverage retail business intelligence in the same way, contact us today.

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With a growing number of medical patients and clinical issues, healthcare software must be feature-rich practice-management systems, providing financial, patient, clinical, and administrative reporting and analysis. Naturally, healthcare business intelligence becomes essential.

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have become near standard in many medical practices, both for profit and non-profit.  From providing medical professionals with a template to input patient data, to giving prescription and allergy alerts, EHRs must be backed by a robust software system.

A recent example showcases an organization needing a better way to connect clients to their EHR systems. Starting out small, they deployed a reporting system that they quickly outgrew. They needed—and added—more features than their IT team could handle. Soon they were developing 120 different reports, with most being created manually by their employees. This led to huge inefficiencies and wasted IT resources.

Running their applications in Java, the organization needed an embeddable Java reporting platform that could put the power of ad hoc reporting and self-service data analysis directly into the hands of their clients. By deploying an embedded BI solution, they were able to seamlessly integrate all reporting functionality into their existing Java framework, while adhering to governance and security standards.

Now the organization is able to give clients the reporting capabilities they need to run their medical practices—both inpatient and outpatient. A medical practice can now, for example, more easily schedule patients between physicians, bill insurance companies, view clinical documents, and email invoices, all electronically and automatically.

A larger medical system can also connect a number of healthcare providers with each other, provide more secure staff-patient online messaging, and maintain a client portal, where patients can login to view their clinical records, manage their appointments, and have their representatives more involved in their care. Healthcare providers can access patient records, giving them information on a patient’s medical history, their current issues, and even medical notes and treatment plans.

With an embedded healthcare business intelligence solution based on Java, the organization is able to continue hosting in a web environment, giving their clients the simplicity of data access and reporting. They can now provide these automated solutions to all their clients in a multi-tenant software environment. The system, which started out as an in-house, inflexible system, is now more flexible than ever with embedded BI and reporting.

To learn how your company could utilize healthcare business intelligence in the same way, contact us today.

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