ICE™ Reporting Services Product OverviewTo be successful in today's competitive marketplace, organizations need to extend information beyond
the walls of their organization and seamlessly interact with customers, partners, and suppliers in real
time. InterCare DX, has tightly integrated Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services into ICE™
application in order to enable organizations to transform valuable enterprise data into shared
information for insightful, timely decisions at a lower total cost of ownership.
SQL Server Reporting Services is a comprehensive, server-based solution that enables the creation,
management, and delivery of both traditional, paper-oriented reports and interactive, Web-based reports. An integrated part of the Microsoft business intelligence framework, Reporting Services combines the data management capabilities of SQL Server and Microsoft Windows Server™ with familiar and powerful Microsoft Office System applications to deliver real-time information to support daily operations and drive decisions.
An Integrated Architecture
SQL Server Reporting Services supports a wide range of common data sources, such as OLE DB and Open Database Connectivity (ODBC), as well as multiple output formats such as familiar Web browsers and Microsoft Office System applications. Using Microsoft Visual Studio® .NET and the Microsoft .NET Framework, developers can leverage the capabilities of their existing information systems and connect to custom data sources, produce additional output formats, and deliver to a variety of devices.
With SQL Server Reporting Services, IT developers can seamlessly integrate reporting services into an existing architecture that includes a variety of data sources such as SQL Server, OLE DB, Open Database Connectivity (ODBC), Oracle, and other data providers. Organizations that integrate Reporting Services with existing Microsoft applications, including SQL Server, SQL Server Agent (scheduling), Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Office XP and 2003, SharePoint™ Portal Server 2003, and Visual Studio&re g; .NET 2003 will see accelerated time to value for reporting solutions.
Web Services Architecture
Reporting Services includes a Web-based report server that provides reports and a report management application. By using Web services, Reporting Services can work across a broad array of platforms. This architecture:
Full Reporting Life Cycle SupportSQL Server Reporting Services supports the full reporting life cycle, including:
Report delivery. SQL Server Reporting Services supports both on-demand (pull) and event-based (push) delivery of reports. Users can view reports in a Web-based format or in e-mail.
Traditional and Interactive Reports Reporting Services meets a wide range of reporting needs by supporting both traditional (paper-oriented) and interactive (Web-based) reports. Report developers can customize reports to provide users with the specific information they need in the format that best helps them make more informed decisions.
Integrated Report Authoring
As a comprehensive reporting solution, Reporting Services includes the features and services users need to create and deliver reports. Reporting Services also supports integration with a variety of authoring tools and environments so novice users can create reports without writing a single line of code.
Report Designer, the graphical report development environment included with Reporting Services, uses the Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Integrated Development Environment (IDE) to access all report design features. With Report Designer, IT professionals can define data sources and query information, add data regions and fields to a report, define the report layout, and set up interactive features for reports.
Comprehensive Report Management
Report Manager is a Web application that manages all aspects of the reporting life cycle, including: data sources, report execution ad scheduling, report history, security, subscriptions, delivery, and report server administration.
Flexible Report Delivery
Reporting Services enables quick and easy access to the reports users need. With flexible rendering and delivery formats, Reporting Services can also deliver information to a wide variety of devices. Delivery features include:
Reporting Services meets a wide range of reporting needs, including those of independent software vendors (ISVs) and internal IT departments who want to integrate reporting features into tools and applications.
The modular design and extensible application programming interfaces (APIs) enable software developers and enterprises to use SQL Server Reporting Services with legacy systems or third-party applications. For example, developers can use open interfaces and extensions to:
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