I'm trying to figure out which is better to use and if I really need a reporting application in the first place.
Management is impressed by Jasper Reports, however, I'm not so sure if there is a real need for the project I'm working on to use it.
The Users of the web application rarely print any reports, rarely save the reports, and probably never use charts or anything like that.
Most of the data the users retrieve and then look at from the backend DB more or less tracks products, materials, and projects. It's set up to where they look at the data on the screen to make sure certain things are there, to make sure certain amounts are there, to make sure certain timeframes are kept or not kept and so on.
While management is pushing for Jasper Reports, i honestly can not see a real reason to use it for what the current application is being used for.
I don't know Jasper reports, never used much reporting apps in the past, but I could figure it out, find a way to implement it and have a use for it, but if it's never used by the end users, I really don't see the point or the time involved if it's not something the end users will ever use.
During the design of the new web app, I even asked the one functional manager of the users if they'd need something simple like saving a report/data display to a PDF, Doc, or printed out and he flat out told me that they don't print or save the reports now.
So on that note, I'm trying hard to find a way to use Jasper Reports.. Like I said, I don't know it so maybe I'm missing something, but i honestly can not see a point to using it for this project i'm working on, but the upper management is pushing for Jasper Reports(they aren't tech people..so), while my direct manager tells me that the head managers would be impressed and happy if i found a way to use Jasper Reports, but he also said that if there is no use for it then don't feel like I'm forced to use it.
Any suggestions or advice?
[ January 16, 2007: Message edited by: Pete Joseph ] [ January 16, 2007: Message edited by: Pete Joseph ]