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Jet Reports 2018 R2 Release: The Multi-Tasking Magic of Background Reporting Has Arrived

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When it comes to groundbreaking innovations in reporting and business intelligence, the April 19th, 2018 release of Jet Reports doesn’t disappoint. This update to the Excel integrated solution introduces a new concept called “Background Reporting.” A Jet Reports original feature, Background Reporting delivers the ability to run, refresh, and save real-time reports while you continue to actively use Excel and other Microsoft Applications, opening up entirely new capability for the tasks you can be doing while simultaneously updating reports.

But the advancements don’t end there! Jet Reports 2018 R2 also pioneers the ability to initiate running reports directly from your Windows desktop, which means you can simply right-click the icon of your Excel report from your desktop or file folder to initiate the refresh without opening the entire document. A task tray will let you know when the report is ready, and we are willing to bet you’ll never look at your list of Excel files with more admiration.

What all of this means for Microsoft Dynamics users is that the remaining traditional, mundane, or repetitive tasks for refreshing reports and putting together report packages during year-end and month-end close will be nearly eliminated. For instance, gone are the days where you have to open a multitude of individual reports files to refresh them if they weren’t already queued in the Jet Reports Scheduler, or wait for one report to be done before moving on to the next. In addition, finance professionals and executive management can stay fully productive in their Microsoft Office applications, including Excel, while concurrently updating business data and financial statements, a capability unmatched by other reporting options.

Why stop at evolving reporting efficiency? We certainly don’t. Enhancement of the collaboration, sharing and report management capabilities available to companies using Microsoft Dynamics are also a big focus in this Spring release. The Jet Web Portal – a mobile enabling feature included with all Jet Professional and Jet Enterprise packages to organize, access, and run reports from any device with a web browser, now brings the ability to set-up “Users” and “Groups.” This enables more detailed permission and configuration, which in turn gives companies more control, flexibility, and ease in defining who can see and access specific reports.

A long-time, unique benefit to using Jet Reports as the default report writer for Microsoft Dynamics 365, NAV, GP, or AX has always been its ability to upgrade reports with Dynamics version upgrades, seamlessly. No rebuilding, re-coding or consulting required, which saves organizations thousands of dollars when they change versions of their Dynamics ERP solutions. Thus, Jet Reports 2018 R2 is completely ready for NAV 2018.

Overall, Jet Reports 2018 R2 is a monumental leap forward in the automated analytics and collaborative reporting capabilities available for Microsoft Dynamics today. And for over 154,000 users, these updates will come included in their annual enhancement plans (AEP). A full list of new features and enhancements is available in the What’s New in Jet Reports 2018 R2 article in the Jet Reports Help Center, and you can check out our 2-minute overview video now:

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