By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-01-27 Print this article Print

A big part of Reporting Services appeal is its rock-bottom price: Its free to current SQL Server 2000 customers who run it on the same server as their database. Running the product on another server entails purchasing an additional SQL Server 2000 license. In addition, customers must license at least one Visual Studio tool for each report author. An 120-day evaluation copy of Reporting Services can be downloaded here. "We can enter at a lower cost of ownership to end users by utilizing the Reporting Services framework instead of building our own for offering those core components [of writing and distributing reports]," Peccerillo said.
Reporting Services features an integrated environment within which customers can author, generate and view reports based on data stored in Microsofts SQL Server database and other major databases that have ODBC drivers and OLE data providers, including Oracle, Ingres and IBMs DB2.
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Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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