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RS interact. Interactive self-service reporting for SQL Server TM Reporting Services. Business & Decision. Business & Decision is an international Consulting and Systems Integrations (CSI) company Developers of RSinteract Microsoft Gold Certified Partner

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RSinteract

  • Interactive self-service reporting for

  • SQL ServerTM Reporting Services


Business & Decision

  • Business & Decision is an international Consulting and Systems Integrations (CSI) company

  • Developers of RSinteract

  • Microsoft Gold Certified Partner

  • RSinteract winner of “Best of Tech-Ed” 2006 in BI Category


What is RSinteract?

  • RSinteract extends the reach of SQL Server Reporting Services and Analysis Services.

  • RSinteract is the only tool that allows business users to build and edit Reporting Services reports interactively.

  • RSinteract provides intuitive self-service reportingand analysis all via a standard web browser.


RSinteract Benefits

Benefits include:

  • Reduced bottlenecks in information delivery to the business (less burden on IT / IS).

  • IT / IS can create template reports for users to build on interactively.

  • Zero footprint framework, delivered via standard web browser.

  • No additional database or semantic data layer – fast and easy to install and deploy.

  • Support for ‘direct’ and efficient reporting on Oracle relational data.


The Business Intelligence Scandal

What is the BI scandal?

  • Continuing to purchase self-contained BI solutions when Microsoft includes a full BI suite at no extra charge.

  • Overlooking Microsoft as a BI option! MS SQL Server IS a full BI solution, not just a transactional DB.

  • Failing to deliver BI to all levels of the organisation when organisations hold the technology to do so.

  • Doing BI as a massive project, when it should be done by degrees.

  • Allowing technical rather than business users to drive BI implementations.


Why is a BI infrastructure needed?

Without BI organisations can run into major information

Management problems:

  • No control – Excel & Access Hell

  • No single version of the truth

  • No scalability

  • No consistency

  • Poor availability of information

  • Difficulty in sharing information

  • Over-reliance on specific individuals

  • Difficulty in dealing with changing business requirements

  • Inability to drive business improvement

    Therefore a centralised or and / or controlled distributed BI infrastructure is essential…


Why Leading BI Vendors Fail

BI Vendors often fail to deliver. Why?

  • Restricted focus on “elite” users

  • Tools too complex and difficult to use

  • Prohibitively expensive to deploy widely

  • Extensive setup and infrastructure requirements

  • Skills shortage


How is Microsoft Different?

The Microsoft Solution

  • BI strategy focused on ease of use for both technical and business users

  • Focus on the masses not just the few

  • Better integration with front office tools

  • Vastly cheaper licensing models

  • Wide pool of reasonably priced resource for development and support of MS BI solutions

    The core of Microsoft’s BI solution is SQL Server…


The core of Microsoft’s BI Solution

SQL Server

  • SQL Server 2008 extends BI capabilities to make Microsoft one of the main leaders (Gartner’s Magic Quadrant Report for BI 2008)

  • SQL Server 2008 IS a complete BI platform in its own right

    RSinteract adds value to this suite, enabling end-users to build and interact with information directly from the Microsoft BI Engine (and Oracle).


Where does RSinteract fit?

MS SQL Server Reporting Services provides the engine for

enterprise report production and distribution.

  • Rendering of Reporting Services Reports in a web browser

  • Scheduling and Caching of reports

  • Subscription to reports

  • Data source connections

  • Security

  • Report repository and management

  • Export formatting

    RSinteract adds essential value to the Reporting Services engine,

    opening up these powerful functions to ordinary business users via

    a standard web browser.


TheMicrosoft BI Stack with RSinteract


Where does RSinteract fit?

2 tools for technical & information professionals to build reports:

1) Report Designer (requires Visual Studio environment)

  • Produces richly formatted end-of-line reports

  • Suitable for reports requiring little or no dynamic change

  • Requires developers to operate


Where does RSinteract fit?

2) Report Builder (SQL Server 2005)

  • Enables rapid building of simple reports

  • Predefined separate semantic data layer required

  • Suitable for information professionals – non-interactive editor requires technical report writing skills

  • “Smart client” download required for end users

  • Significant restrictions in editing existing reports and in report structure & formatting

    Report Builder 2.0 (SQL Server 2008 - end user version of Visual Studio

    environment)

  • Developer level expertise required.

    Existing tools require a technical /developer level or report writing knowledge.

    RSinteract negates the need for technical level knowledge or skills…


RSinteract features & benefits

For business users:

  • Can build their own Reporting Services reports from an intuitive non-technical web browser interface (with no plug-ins or downloads).

  • Can interact with existing reports directly without using an abstracted report editor or downloading / installing any software.

  • Can carry out interactive analysis from existing reports and templates, without having to start from scratch each time.

  • Reduces reliance on IT and latency of information access.

  • Removes distinction between OLAP and Relational data – user interface the same for both – highly intuitive.


RSinteract features & benefits

For report writers / MI professionals:

  • Speeds up and de-skills the creation & editing of Reporting Services reports dramatically.

  • Allows template reports to be built quickly and easily for business users.

  • Does not restrict flexibility of report creation and editing, despite simplicity of use.

  • Provides sophisticated interactivity, formatting, and combined / multiple report types from multiple data sources.

  • Does not require a full separate semantic data model to be built before reports can be produced.

  • Does not require report designers to predict every interaction or modification that a business user may wish to perform to a report.


RSinteract user interface (zero footprint)


RSinteract architecture

Architecture designed to fit seamlessly into the SSRS infrastructure with negligible deployment overhead:

  • Compatible with both SQL Server 2005 & 2008.

  • Simple server install.

  • No resident database or infrastructure – uses SQL Server & SSRS

    architecture for security, storage, rendering, scheduling, caching etc.

  • Entirely zero footprint: no client software or downloads – all user

    deployment via a standard web browser.

  • Non-invasive deployment and simple upgrade management.


For more information…

www.rsinteract.com

info@rsinteract.com


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