Microsoft Readies Reporting Services
Software pulls in data in many formats and sends it out as reports as a .Net service.Microsoft Corp. on Friday released the second beta version of its Reporting Services for the SQL Server database, which gives Microsoft partners the ability to add business-intelligence capabilities to applications. Reporting Services pulls relational data from SQL Server and virtually any other type of data (including XML and flat files, for instance) from other sources. It then aggregates the data, prepares reports and ships them as a .Net service to any device where they can be read by executives, sales representatives, customers and any other end users, officials said.
The software is integrated with Microsofts Visual Studio .NET, which enables developers to drag and drop simple expressions when building reporting applications, according to Tom Rizzo, Microsoft group product manager. Beta 2 adds support for the C# development language.