Give Users a Web Portal for Creating Ad-hoc Reports

Virgil Dodson (Actuate Corporation)

Frameworks - Reporting · Long - gold sponsor
Thursday, 14:30, 50 minutes | Grand Ballroom E

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No matter how much time you spend creating a report, it will never completely satisfy all of your users. This constant tug-of-war between users’ requirements and IT resources can easily create a backlog of report requests, increase the tension between end-users and IT, and could delay your application. By offloading the report creation and customization tasks out to the users who know the report data best, you eliminate your backlog, increase your end-user satisfaction, and deploy your application faster.

Actuate has combined BIRT with a bit of AJAX magic to come up with a solution that helps you solve your end-user requirements. This includes a web-based report designer allowing for the ad-hoc creation of BIRT reports, and an interactive BIRT report viewer allowing for rich report customization from any BIRT report. This session will discuss some of the end-user requirements you may face as you build your reporting solution, the benefits you will see by allowing end-users to customize reports or create ad-hoc reports, and how to integrate this technology into your web applications.

Virgil Dodson is a Developer Evangelist at Actuate Corporation and blogger/forum moderator at BIRT Exchange. Virgil has over 13 years experience as a software developer. For the past 6 years he has helped Java developers get started with Actuate's embedded reporting products. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from DeVry.

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