The Top 5 Reasons Companies Experience Growing Pains with Homegrown Systems

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Many companies are choosing to deploy products like JReport over developing their own homegrown reporting platform. With such little room for error in the market today, the demand for actionable information and stronger business intelligence are at an all time high and intuitive, visual data presentations are more critical to decision makers than ever before. So why aren’t enterprise specific homegrown systems as sustainable a solution as they appear?  Here are the Top 5 reasons we identified:

1) Functionality: Many homegrown systems are limited functionally from the time of their introduction and are typically quite difficult to modify once in place. These systems are often developed for very narrow specific purposes i.e. creating PDF reports. Once this need is met, it is most often that case that new needs arise within the enterprise forcing extensive alterations to the existing system or creation of a new system entirely. JReport already offers features like multiple delivery formats and flexible Java architecture, allowing it to be easily customized with the evolving needs of its end users.

2) Cost: Cost is a factor directly related to functionality. The more adjustments made to improve the functionality of the homegrown system, the more costly development becomes. Added complexity means added cost not only in labor hours for the in-house developers but in decision time as well. While the developers are hard at work creating additional features, decision makers could be missing key pieces of information that have potential to grow the business  thus placing a limit on short-term profitability. JReport can be embedded and deployed very quickly and serves as a comprehensive solution with a low total cost ownership and a high rate of return.

3) Maintenance: Homegrown systems are also very cumbersome to maintain. As developers join and leave a company so does the knowledge base built around the system. Additionally, in-house developers will have day-to-day responsibilities outside of system maintenance causing these homegrown systems to frequently get lost in the shuffle. JReport happily provides a strong maintenance presence indefinitely from initial deployment.

4) Support: Along with maintenance of the system, the heavy involvement of the initial developers makes them the front line for system support as well. Acting as support while trying to juggle system maintenance and improvements in addition to their outside roles can sometimes detract from the quality of service in any and all of these areas. Deploying a system like JReport gives customers access to a full-staff of expert developers and enterprise account managers available for support as its needed. Jinfonet also provides on-site and remote training for users to rapidly become knowledgeable of JReport.

5) Quality and Credibility: The quality of new systems is definitely unpredictable during their infancy which can lead to delays in use as well as increased cost to rework any bugs. JReport, currently in its 10th release cycle, has experience across industries with some of the world’s most major corporations including Visa, Target, AT&T and IBM to name a few. With 12 years of continuous product development and customization on a client-by-client basis, JReport helps to meet the quality needs of millions of end users with more than 25,000 downloads worldwide!

It is easy to see why utilizing the power of an established product like JReport proves to be a more effective solution than building internally from the ground-up. And while it is commendable that companies have the determination to try and implement homegrown systems, this is not always the best path to take. Let our development and support staffs do the work for you so that you can simply  focus on analyzing your data in a way that improves operational performance more than ever before!

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