Stimulsoft Reports.ServerProduct packages and basic characteristics of the product.
SchedulerThe scheduler is a description of the required actions and events, these actions trigger. Incredibly flexible schedule allows you to program any event by time – from a simple single run to national holidays (and even Easter, each year falling on different date) with a time shift. Activity ranges of the scheduler are available, as well as cyclic recurrences and exceptions. The object Calendar allows collecting a list of dates logically related to each other. In this case the scheduler takes time zones into account and has a deadline for the execution of actions in which one can run reports, copy items, send email messages as information for users about the events and even run nested schedulers. Actions can be created within a single scheduler and consistently executed without any user intervention.
Chains of IssuesIt is not a simple task to find the way to transform obscure numbers from millions of cells in the database into a colorful chart embedded in an electronic document and stored on the cloud service. To do this you should connect to the database, import the information from it into the required format, process the data, convert to the report using the template prepared before, export the report in the desired format and upload it to the cloud storage. In order not to do these steps manually Report Server supports the data processing chain. Once such a chain is created and setting a schedule to it, you can save time and forget all about boring operations. Just use the finished result, and the system will take care of its creation.
Creating ReportsFor creating reports Report Server uses Stimulsoft reporting tool, which provides the necessary features for creating reports. The reporting tool Stimulsoft Reports has everything that you may need to build both simple reports on a few pages, and complex ones with rich graphics and nested structures, multi-page documents etc. Several charts, cross- table, barcodes, primitives and various formatting tools, allowing not only making the report clear and informative, but beautiful.
For creating and modifying report templates, each type of the client application uses its own built-in report designer which is not different from other parts of the program. It is easy to use and does not require running additional applications.
Use it with Stimulsoft ReportsAn important advantage of Report Server for users of Stimulsoft Reports is full compatibility with the already created reports – on the server. You can use the reports created using Stimulsoft Reports, and vice versa – use the reports designed in Report Server, in applications that use reporting tool Stimulsoft Reports.
Big ReportsAnother good feature of the system Report Server is support for documents with many pages. Building compact reports in a few pages with the most important data is as simple as generating volumes of archival reports in thousands of pages. The report size can be limited only with the performance of your servers.
Lots of Data FormatsAs a universal tool for data processing, Report Server supports many popular formats of electronic documentation. Export to Microsoft Office, Open Documents, XPS, PDF, etc. is not only available but importing structured data from files of different types.
For end users, work with familiar formats without conversion is very important because it allows to faster adapting to work with the new system and saving time in future.
Export by Own ResourcesThe Adobe PDF format has long been a standard "de facto" for corporate documentation. Report Server supports export of reports to PDF using its own options without the use of the third party licensed components that allows you to create PDF documents without any royalties or restrictions. Export to MS Office is also implemented internally and does not require the office suite installed on the client machine.
And, of course, Report Server provides exporting data (with lots of options) to popular formats such as HTML, TEXT, RICH TEXT, CSV, DBF, XML, DIF, SYLK, BMP, GIF, JPEG, PCX, PNG, TIFF, EMF, SVG , SVGZ.
Various Input DataThe report server has the ability to handle multiple types of data. Data sources can be both wide varieties of databases (these are "native" connectors to MS SQL Server and MySQL Server; support for ODBC connections and OLE DB) and files with visualized data (for example, a Microsoft Excel document or XML data format).
SharePoint Server and Dynamics NAVIt is especially important for corporate users to have constant access to their documents which are usually stored in specialized systems. Report Server supports access to data located on corporate servers Microsoft SharePoint Server and Microsoft Dynamics NAV.
API for Different PlatformsReport Server has an API (Application Programming Interface) that allows developers for various platforms to integrate data processing functions on the report server into their applications.
Programmers can develop their applications by embedding data processing functions on the report server into them. For example, they can write a program in Silverlight that will generate a report from a template on the server and show it to the user on the screen.