Q&A: Quick and Easy Ad Hoc Reporting

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Yesterday’s webinar covered a lot of great material, discussing the key benefits of ad hoc reporting and many of JReport’s features that contribute to advanced visualization and its easy to use ad hoc solution. JReport ad hoc empowers end users with the capability to create and modify both simple and sophisticated reports via a powerful Wizard, guiding them step-by-step through the process. On top of that JReport enables users to perform a what-if analysis of their data using intuitive on-screen interactions.

If you missed yesterday’s webinar including a live demo of JReport ad hoc, you can view it here on-demand or take a look at the answers below to some of the questions we received during the presentation to give you even more information about JReport.

1) Can ad hoc reports be saved and shared with other people in the organization?
Yes, all users have a “My Reports” folder in JReport. So anything that they modify or create as an ad hoc report can be saved as a private personal report in that “My Reports” folder or it can be saved to a public folder for sharing. What that means is that you would put in it in a public folder like you would any other file on your share drive for example. With this, you can also restrict access to ad hoc reports so if you want to only share it with members of your department or your group you can have a JReport administrator set up a folder with that type of security so only your department or group will be able to even see the file on the public drive to access it.

There is also automatic row and column level security in JReport meaning that if individuals within your department have different data restrictions than you do, JReport will automatically adjust to show only the data that they have permission to view even though they are running your ad hoc report on your ad hoc template. JReport keeps you covered from a security standpoint as well.

2) If I want to show data from more than one DBMS for example an HR DBMS and a Sales DBMS can I show those in one report?
Yes, each component can be connected to a completely different data source so any report can pull together data from multiple DBMS or even other data source types like XML or Web Services.

3) Can a user create their own calculations on the data in their reports?
In ad hoc, JReport allows dynamic formulas created by end users so if you have the data for the calculations available in the business view, you can create calculations like percentages for example on top of that and it will end up as a separate column that can then be charted or graphed.

And don’t forget to register for our March webinar: Make the Most of Your Reporting with JReport Experts, Wednesday March 21st at 2PM (EST)!


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