As the name suggests, a tool which end users utilise to run reports against data in their SQL Server database.
Reporting in Windows applications (winforms) is not at all easy. Printing especially can be very difficult to do correctly. This ‘bolt on’ makes a great addition to an application.
It's an optional extra to SQL Server. So it can be installed when SQL Server itself is setup or any time after. So there is no extra software cost involved!
Microsoft offers a free version of SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) as part of their Express range. There are limitations but for very many circumstances they are not an issue. The product has been around a few years now and the latest version is very good.
As the name suggests it is a service but it also includes a report designer tool and a viewer tool. The viewer tool can be embedded in your Windows application or web site.
Normally the user will go to a web page for the reports or click a button in the Windows Application to go to the report viewer. If you have many reports you'd see a list and choose the one you want to run. You may want to supply a date range or choose a client or product.
The results are displayed on screen and you can create the report to be sortable on specified columns, group and total rows, expand and contract groups to allow "drill down". You can also have charts and gauges, maybe for a dashboard for a high level view on your intranet.
As well as seeing the results you can easily export them to Excel, pdf or web pages.
The charts can made to be interactive. i.e. click on a bar and see a table update to show data related to that bar.
You can also show sparklines, data bars and ‘traffic light’ indicators that were introduced in Excel 2007.
We now include SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) development as part of our services. The SSRS developer will:
Quite often you do not really need to worry about SQL Server Reporting Services as a product. We just use it as part of your solution.
So if you need SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) development, be it having a SQL Server Reporting Services developer create some reports for your existing site, or you’d like the whole thing set up for you, please contact us.
Based in Northampton in the UK and working with companies worldwide.