Introduction to JasperReports Server

This section describes functionality that can be restricted by the software license for JasperReports Server. If you don’t see some of the options described in this section, your license may prohibit you from using them. To find out what you're licensed to use, or to upgrade your license, contact Jaspersoft.

JasperReports Server builds on JasperReports as a comprehensive family of Business Intelligence (BI) products, providing robust static and interactive reporting, report server, and data analysis capabilities. These capabilities are available as either stand-alone products, or as part of an integrated end-to-end BI suite utilizing common metadata and provide shared services, such as security, a repository, and scheduling. The server exposes comprehensive public interfaces enabling seamless integration with other applications and the capability to easily add custom functionality.

The heart of the Jaspersoft BI Suite is the server, which provides the ability to:

Easily create new reports based on views designed in an intuitive, web-based, drag and drop Ad Hoc Editor.
Efficiently and securely manage many reports.
Interact with reports, including sorting, changing formatting, entering parameters, and drilling on data.
Schedule reports for distribution through email and storage in the repository.
Arrange reports and web content to create appealing, data-rich Jaspersoft Dashboards that quickly convey business trends.

For business intelligence users, Jaspersoft offers Jaspersoft OLAP, which runs on the server.

While the Ad Hoc Editor lets users create simple reports, more complex reports can be created outside of the server. You can either use Jaspersoft iReport Designer or manually write JRXML code to create a report that can be run in the server. Jaspersoft recommends that you use iReport unless you have a thorough understanding of the JasperReports file structure. See Adding Reports Directly to the Repository and Plug-in Requirements for more information.

Jaspersoft provides several other sources of information to help extend your knowledge of JasperReports Server:

Our Ultimate Guides document advanced features and configuration. They also include best practice recommendations and numerous examples. The guides are available as downloadable PDFs. Users can download these guides from the Documentation section of the Jaspersoft Community website.
Our Online Learning Portal lets you learn at your own pace, and covers topics for developers, system administrators, business users, and data integration users. The Portal is available online from Professional Services section of our website.
Our free samples, which are installed with JasperReports, iReport, and JasperReports Server, are documented online. For more information about the samples, see Mastering Report Design.

JasperReports Server is a component of both a community project and commercial offerings. Each integrates the standard features such as security, scheduling, a web services interface, and much more for running and sharing reports. Commercial editions provide additional features, including Ad Hoc charts, flash charts, dashboards, Domains, auditing, and a multi-organization architecture for hosting large BI deployments.

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