Ad Hoc Reporting allows end users to easily build their own reports and modify existing ones with little to no training. Ad hoc reporting generates reports that meet individual information requirements quickly and easily, allowing end users to dynamically modify and drill through report data for powerful information analysis. This type of flexibility frees up valuable IT resources and gets information to end users immediately, empowering them to interact with the data. JReport was built with the end user in mind simplifying reporting and providing a completely user friendly experience.
With JReport’s ad hoc reporting function, end users have access to a highly intuitive “Wizard” that guides them through every step of the report building process, from choosing a layout all the way to populating the report with data. Since the foundation for ad hoc reporting is laid by developers, end users do not need to understand the data source, or create their own queries and can instead simply select which data they want to use from different metadata tags set up by developers. Data for the report can also come directly from the DBMS, not always from in-memory or cached data like other ad hoc tools often require. Ad hoc reports in JReport can be implemented as standard page reports or as browser based web reports.
In addition to the intuitive Wizard, JReport also allows users to customize and interact with their reports. For example, end users can sort, filter, and drill into data via on-screen controls or change their data view by choosing their own custom chart preferences. Further, users can drag and drop different components such as tables, crosstabs, charts, parameters, filter controls, labels etc. directly into their report to yield precisely the desired data view. Ad hoc reporting helps developers make reporting accessible to non-technical users and eliminates the lengthy back-and-forth, report creation process between end users and developers.
Ad hoc reporting is self service, allowing reports to be easily built with the exact information that users require without tying up developer resources. Affording business users the ability to take control of some of their own reporting needs helps them to extract maximum value from both their data and their application while simultaneously extending the overall agility of their organizational BI. Ad hoc reporting reaches beyond the static pre-defined data snapshots that traditional reporting often provides allowing for an enhanced interactive end user experience.