A new web-based reporting package that lets business users create their own reports is designed to free you from the burden of customizing and creating data-based business reports.
GrapeCity has announced the beta version of ActiveReports Server, an ad hoc self-service reporting solution that is 100 percent Web-based and that has built-in storage and distribution features.
The package lets you add self-service reporting features to your existing apps with minimal programming. Reports are rendered and distributed in XML format, based on the data stored in the server-side storage. End users pay no licence fee as the licensing is server-based and perpetual. The reporting components are available as Web services or ASP.NET formats.
If your business users want to customise or create their own reports, they can drag and drop report elements to create their own web reports from logical data models that you have created. The logical data models consist of business entities with defined relationships where each business entity such as a contact or product has its own associated attributes.
It also has an option to let business users set up schedules to deliver reports to multiple recipients.
As the reporting platform is Web-based, you don’t have to install anything on the user’s desktop machines, and the reporting server has built-in load balancing and clustering, along with central role-based permissions and administration.
ActiveServer Reports beta
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