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Printed reports versus online reports Reading a printed report doesn t require any technical sophistication. And with a printed report, you get a paper copy of key information that you can refer to. Paper reports, however, do not offer any interactivity where you might click on some hyperlink to further explore the underlying details of some information on the report. It is helpful to display the date and time when the report was run, as well as the time when the data was last refreshed. This allows you to budget the currency and relevance of the information displayed in the report. But there are a few limitations in having access only to a printed report: The report is not connected to a live data source. With a live connection to the data source, you can get information since the latest refresh of the database. For daily cumulative reporting, it is best to work with live data source connections if you really want to understand the current dynamics of the business. Graphical information has a single shade of gray display. This can present some difficulties when you review a bar chart with a multitude of different categories, but your printer produces only black and white. Using colors yes, that includes shades of gray improves the visibility of the dynamics of your business as viewed through the reports. You have no drill-down capability. With a live database connection on a report with drill-down capabilities, you can easily navigate to see a more detailed perspective of the information presented from a summary report. You also have a choice on what areas you want to drill down into detail. This need might change from period to period, so a live report with dynamic drill-down capability in several report variables clearly provides a much better analysis. You cannot take hyperlinks that jump from one view to another view. With hyperlinks, you can set up jumping within the report to link to a section grouping of the report, or you can set jumping outside the report to go to another report entirely or to a hyperlink on the Internet. Without the ability to hyperlink, you might have to flip through lots of reports trying to locate the data that you re trying to analyze. Viewing a report Viewing a report with Reporting Services requires that your computer at least have a connection to the server that s running the report server. If you ve installed the sample reports from the Reporting Services installation CD, you should be able to view a sample report by following these steps: 24 Part I: Just the Basics

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