What is Ad Hoc Reporting?

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Ad Hoc Reporting allows end users to easily build their own reports and modify existing ones with little to no training.

Ad hoc reporting in a nutshell…

Ad hoc reporting generates rapid reports that meet individual information requirements with ease. This allows end users to dynamically modify and drill through report data for powerful information analysis. This flexibility frees up valuable IT resources and gets information to end users on their own. You are immediately empowered to interact with the data.

Want to see ad hoc reporting in action? Check out a demo of JReport’s BI solution.

With JReport’s ad hoc reporting function, end users can quickly get started with their visualizations. Once they choose a data source, they can perform a one-click convert to any type of chart or widget.

Ad hoc reporting

Quick Start Ad Hoc Reporting

This allows end users to choose a layout all the way to populating the report with data. Since developers create the foundation for ad hoc reporting, end users do not need to understand the data source structure, or create their own queries.  They can choose which data they want to use from different metadata tags set up by developers. Data for the report can also come directly from the database, 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. With the end user in mind, JReport makes reporting simple with a complete user friendly experience.


Ad hoc reporting interactivity

JReport also allows users to customize and interact with their reports to perform deeper data analysis for better business insights.

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 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 benefits

Ad hoc reporting is self service, allowing reports to be easily built with the exact information that users need without tying up developer resources. This affords business users the ability to take control of their own reporting needs, and 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.

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