SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is a web-based reporting tool that comes packaged with SQL Server going all the way back to early versions in 2004. If any of your business applications are running on a SQL Server, then chances are that you already own the SSRS tool and may not even know it!
The Developer, Standard and Enterprise versions of SQL all include SSRS. And Express include a limited version of the product. It is a separate option that needs to be turned on during the installation. So, unless you’re using a software product that leverages SSRS, there’s a good chance that it wasn’t initially installed.
Once it’s up and running, SSRS allows you to visualize and report on data from multiple data sources. You can then publish those reports and allow users to access them in a secure environment. There is no additional per-user price and so long as the website runs on the same server as your SQL Server there is no additional cost for using SSRS
Below are some benefits of using SSRS in your business:
Easy to combine data from multiple sources with any ODBC complaint data (as well as many other types of data like XML)
Low cost way to distribute reports to multiple people in your organization
Ability to schedule and email reports
Secure role-based access
Create printable forms like Invoices and Ship Notifications
Already integrated with many business applications
If you would like to learn more about how you can start leveraging (or better leverage) SSRS reports in your business get in touch with us and we can help.