Thursday, September 15, 2005

Finding the right reporting solution

Within one of our projects we are in the process of selecting a reporting solution to can match Microsoft Access's reporting functionality. A couple of weeks ago, a Microsoft product manager gave a presentation on Sql Server 2005 and its Reporting Services. Today, a representative of Business Objects, the company that bought Crystal Decisions (known by their infamous Crystal Reports), gave a demonstration of Business Objects XI (pronounced as Ex-Eye). I was quite impressed by their .NET integration. You may have seen the Crystal Reports stuff that you get for free with VS.NET, but they have taken that package to a higher level. They provide a fully documented native .NET object model, a fancy Office 2003-like report designer, support for almost any kind of data source you may need, and various client/server mixtures. I'm eager to find out how those packages deliver their promises in reality. Will be continued....