Jazz Reporting Service - New and Noteworthy S4

A number of improvements have been made in S4 around usability and performance. In addition, many functionality gaps that did not make it into S3 have been addressed.

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Setup Wizard for Data source and Ready to use Reports

The setup page is now more task-based to make the setup process as easy as possible. It is more clear now when a particular task has been completed and which task to execute next. As well, a number of new tasks are introduced. First there is the concept of a Primary Data Source. The primary data source is the preferred or default data source that will be used when creating a new query. This will pre-select the data source so that users unfamiliar with what is the best choice can simply rely on the pre-selection. Now it is also possible to select the Report Managers who have administrator privileges over all data stored in the Jazz Reporting Service. Administrators or Report Managers can modify and delete any query or report as well as have visibility of all private resources. For the Ready to use Reports, there are a number of new reports that are designed to be used against the data warehouse. The data warehouse is the database that is used by RRDI to accumulate data from different product domains and project areas.

Editor Improvements

The report and query editors are refined to be more consistent with each other and to have a common area for shared properties such as title, description, tags and visibility. You can add and remove tags here as well as set the visibility for the resource. The visibility is Private by default meaning that only the creator can see it (or a Report Manager). By setting the visibility to Public, the query or report is shared so that all users of the Jazz Reporting Service can see them. Both editors can save the current contents as a copy with a different name to make variants as convenient. There is also a duplicate action available in the main page so that queries and reports can be quickly copied to make custom changes without modifying the original.

Query Builder

The Query Builder is now functionally complete in terms of some of the gaps that existed in S3. Specifically the Results Columns is now available, allowing users to specify which resource properties should appear in the table results as an output column. Different modifiers are available as well to do grouping or sorting if desired. The Filters tab now has a much improved user experience so that filters are easier to specify depending on the type of data being filtered. There is also robust support for adding filters based on users for a particular data source and being able to filter based on Project Area (for data warehouse queries).

Widget Catalog and Integration with CLM

When a report is created in the Jazz Reporting Service, it is intended to be socialized with all the stakeholders that are interested in the data that it's trying to convey. Typically this is done through a dashboard that supports Open Social Gadgets. The CLM dashboards have the ability to display a catalog that has been exposed by applications that are registered with the same Jazz Team Server (JTS). In S4 we now publish a catalog of all the public reports that exist in the Jazz Reporting Service repository. They are organized by tag groups and have a preview that indicates what kind of report it is along with a description that gives the user a good idea of what the report is for before adding it to the dashboard. The widget or gadget that is added to the dashboard has had considerable performance improvements so that it loads as quickly as possible when a user views the dashboard or refreshes the page.

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