Distributing a report The most popular way to

Distributing a report The most popular way to distribute a report is to print it. The printed report is then copied for all report consumers and distributed at an appointed time. Footers usually record the time the report was run as well as the time the data source was last refreshed. Many years ago, environmentalists took the bull by the horns and recommended to corporate America that Business (with a capital B) should consider how many trees were being chopped down in the name of printed report distribution. Deforestation worries intensified the environmentalists resolve. Even recycling experts could not make a decisive argument against the environmentalists, so corporate America began to embrace the online report distribution best practice. The ubiquitous Internet came along and further popularized this trend, which means that reporting in the modern age is becoming increasingly paperless. To accomplish paperless reporting, Web services like Reporting Services are required. Using Reporting Services, you can author a report and then publish it to a folder to be accessed by Report Manager. On-demand reports are reports that do not cache temporary copies of reports when they are run. Subscriptions can be defined to push reports to users: Subscriptions can be scheduled to execute regularly to deliver rendered reports to end users. One delivery option for subscriptions is to have the subscription send an e-mail containing a hyperlink, a notification, or a rendered report attachment. Another delivery option is to have the subscription execute a file delivery to send the report to a file location that an intranet can access easily. Accessing and Looking at Reports Now you can catch your breath after that rapid tour of Reporting Service capabilities. The following chapters of this book dive much more deeply into each of these subject areas. One of the very first things that you might want to do with this new tool is to see how you can get to a report and view it. Consider this dipping your toes into the vast ocean of Reporting Services. You can follow this road with me if you have access to the sample reports provided in the Reporting Service installation software. (You ll find the sample reports in the file system folders that you name during the installation process.) Chapter 1: Getting Familiar with Reporting Services 23

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