ReportServer

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ReportServer is an open-source web-based business intelligence platform that comes with powerful ad-hoc analysis tools as well as with support for OLAP and pixel-perfect reporting. ReportServer integrates Jasper, Birt, Mondrian and Excel-based reporting and provides a wide range of admin tools to manage also large installations.

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ReportServer review by <span>Alexandre R.</span>
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Excellent Option for BI

What do you like best?

- Simple to learn.

- Low coasts.

- Community version.

- Eclipse BIRT integration.

- Crystal Reports integration.

- Export reports to Excel, CSV, PDF or HTML.

- Excel exports are perfect

- Scheduling reports very easily.

- Unlimited Users.

- Internationalization.

- Active community.

- You can start with ReportServer Community edition and then go to the commercial ReportServer Enterprise version.

What do you dislike?

- Do not have native AD integration.

- Do not have the possibility to embed a report in a email body.

- Poor layout. Common interfaces (like login screen) can be much better.

- Do not have a mobile app.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make experiments on demo version in order to verify if all features that you need are present.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It can solve most off BI needs of a medium company. Now we can create and publish reports to managers much faster. We are using ReportServer with Eclipse BIRT.

Your plan is start with ReportServer Community edition and then go to the commercial ReportServer Enterprise version.

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ReportServer review by <span>Ken L.</span>
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Likely Value Leader in Reporting Platforms

What do you like best?

ReportServer, which first offers us a lifeboat away from Crystal Reports, and also provides us a path to JasperReports, BIRT, or even script based reports, at a reasonable price.

The idea of database “bundles”, which make it easy to use the same report for many clients or Organizational Units, as the engine automatically selects the correct database. This relieves us of two major issues – initial report distribution as well as distribution of updates, both of which are eliminated. The ability for technical users to create variants of existing reports is great, too.

What do you dislike?

I feel that the documentation could be more complete.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In developing our application, we looked at a few products. It was almost like Goldilocks….one product was far too complex, and required extended professional services engagement to get started. Another product had what seemed like excessive costs per client and per database connection. And neither of these could handle our collection of over 600 legacy Crystal Reports.

I find the infrastructure in this system to be impressive. It seems like whatever we need to do, there are script samples, and Java classes to handle it. We’re currently syncing teams and users from our production billing system into ReportServer. We are working on running reports directly from our softwarwe, without the user ever seeing ReportServer, using it as a pure replacement for Crystal Reports. I have to mention, too,

Overall, we think that ReportServer is the value leader in reporting, including for software developers, and especially for anyone who needs to access legacy reports on one of the supported platforms. Support has also been fantastic, so we are very happy with our decision.

What Self-Service Business Intelligence solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
ReportServer review by <span>Brad M.</span>
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ReportServer is everything we needed and more!

What do you like best?

Offers a wide variety of options for reporting on relational databases and warehouses. Several open source reporting tools such as Jasper, BIRT and other systems are included as well as my favorite method, "Dynamic Lists" which are a way to create SQL reports directly through their web client. Using Bitnami's pre-made ReportServer package made server setup and config unnecessary and saved us a ton of time and headache!

What do you dislike?

Currently, there appears to be no way to customize Dynamic List table styling, but apparently there are plans to add this functionality in the future. Also, ran into a few Java issues (incorrect version) with the Bitnami package that we implemented, but otherwise the process was relatively smooth.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use the Bitnami stack for sure and definitely purchase ReportServer's training manuals (this supports the developers).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In the process of implementing a new backend system, we realized that we were losing a proprietary reporting system during the migration, so we needed a cheap solution and fast. This exceeded both our needs and expectations and frankly shocked us at the fact that such a robust, capable system was completely free and open source.

ReportServer review by Administrator in Higher Education
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ReportServer a useful BI tool

What do you like best?

RS has integrated interface, which can show reports, static HTML and URL together. This provides multiple options for users to choose from.

Multiple dashboard gadgets (dadget) are supported. Multiple DBMS systems can be connected to ReportServer service.

What do you dislike?

RS does not have built-in plotting tools. RS's reports are only table-based, which limits the visualization functionality of this product. In order to use visualization, third-party tools/libraries must be imported, which interface sometimes is difficult to integrate smoothly with the interface of ReportServer.

RS support exporting data into html, pdf, json, and csv format, but it does now allow users to customize the exporting format. E.g. the exported csv files uses semicolon (";") as separator instead of comma. Hopefully the exporting format can be customized in the future versions.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for a BI tool that is easy to use, ReportServer may be a good option for you.

But if you are looking for a BI tool with fancy interface, it may require extra work.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I intended to use ReportServer visualize the data stored in DBMS in order to provide insights for business decisions. RS is easy to use, and solves most of my requirements.

ReportServer review by <span>Karolina B.</span>
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Versatile BI system with excellent support

What do you like best?

Flexibility - The system can be adjusted to needs of very different users: people who prefer self-service BI and ones that want predefined reports designed for them. This is particularly important for us as our company has many clients with diverse needs.

Support - The Team is present on the free forum. We have commercial support services and we are very happy about it, as if any problems arise, they are solved quickly. In this way we have immediate access to system and documentation updates.

Scripting and advances features - Many standard features can be extended through scripts written in Groovy. Script datasources allow to connect data coming from more than one database or to get data from websites, files etc. Script reports give unlimited possibilities - in terms of data processing and report lay-outs.

Templates - Dynamic list report allow to use jxls, velocity and xdocs templates. In this way we can create well-looking Excell reports (sometimes even with macros!), html reports with charts or serial correspondence in Word.

Automatically created reports' documentation

What do you dislike?

The documentation could be more extended (in some areas) and give more examples of potential use cases.

Would be nice to have more data visualisation options for users without programming skills.

Community involvement - would be nice to see how other people use the system, share our experience and inspire each other.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I fully recommend the product and the technical support.

The Team is open for users' needs. For example, as a part of additional IT services, some of the system features were adjusted to our specific needs – for instance we have over 150 databases with the same structure and – thanks to the adjustment – we don’t need to create 150 reports of the same kind, each connected to one data source, but we can dynamically attach the datasource by the report’s parameters.

For advanced users: You may even write a small app and easily integrate it with the system. So far we have created 2 apps - one for automatic creation of yearly tax returns and another one to support automatic processing of purchase invoices. Both take data from many tables and / or datasources and produce complex XML file that are later imported to other programs. More apps, with extended data visualisation and simple data input interfaces, are on the way.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are a small company providing accounting services, tax advisory, payroll and business consulting for small and medium enterprises. We use ReportServer for:

Creating regular financial reports for our clients and for our internal use, based mainly on data from our accounting system.

Monitoring of invoice processing in our company, based on data from our document management system

Support of automatic invoice processing

Support of yearly tax return preparation

ReportServer review by <span>Agnaldo H.</span>
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Reportserver improved the way we produce and share reports in my organization

What do you like best?

The security and permission management, its very usefull where there are a lot of people with diferent roles using reportserver. Also the UI is very intuitive and friendly.

The possibility of creating hierarchies when adding new reports and data sources is helpfull, because i have diferrent departments in my institution , and i arrange the reports and datasource according to the organisational structure.

What do you dislike?

It looks like , the only way to activate new users is via email. i do not like this option, i think it would be better if administrators could active new users whithout having to send them emails.

Recommendations to others considering the product

if you are not satisfied with the tool that you use to produce, integrate and share reports, I recommend you try the reportserver, it is a very robust tool that easily integrates with several reports engines and easy to administer.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Problems:

decentralized sharing of reports.

large volume of reports.

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