SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)
SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is a reporting software that allows you to produce formatted reports with tables in the form of data, graph, images, and charts. These reports are hosted on a server that can be executed any time using parameters defined by the users. It is part of Microsoft SQL Server Services suite.
Here, are prime reasons for using SSRS tool:
- SSRS is an enhanced tool compared to Crystal Reports
- Faster processing of reports on both relational and multidimensional data
- Allows better and more accurate Decision-making mechanism for the users
- Allows users to interact with information without involving IT professionals
- It provides a World Wide Web-based connection for deploying reports. Hence, reports can be accessed over the internet
- SSRS allows reports to be exported in different formats. You can deliver SSRS reports using emails
- SSRS provides a host of security features, which helps you to control, who can access which report
Features of SSRS
- Offers a Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) application and pluggable architecture
- Retrieve data from managed, OLE ODBC, and DB connections
- Allows you to create adhoc reports and save them to the server
- Display data in a variety of formats which includes tabular, free-form, and charts
- Create custom controls by using report-processing extension
- Embed graphics, images to the reports. You can also integrate with external content using SharePoint
- You can store and manage custom reports
- Chart and Gauge control feature allows you to display KPI data
How SSRS Works?
- The report users are the peoples who work with the data as well as want some insights from data. They send a request to the SSRS server
- SSRS server finds the metadata of the report and sends a request for data to the data sources.
- Data returned by the data source is merged with the report definition into a report.
- When the report is generated, it is returned to the client.