With 2017 quickly coming to a close and a successful ActiveReports 12 release in November, it's time to look into the next year.
The ActiveReports 12 Server webinar is available for viewing at your leisure. Learn about new report templates, how to schedule a one-time report, and more.
While I was at DevIntersection 2017 this last week, I got into many wonderful and thoughtful conversations about ActiveReports and the business cases that existing customers use it for and what prospects are considering it for. The business requirements varied drastically from healthcare-targeted products with end users as nurses to manufacturing and the food industry. Each conversation was unique but similar at the same time. Unique in the sense that the business requirements were very different and the type and amount of data that was managed by the reports was quite varied. However, there was a fundamental undertone of the two ecosystems of reporting that seem to be trending.
Last week we hosted a webinar to introduce the new web designer. The goal of this webinar was to provide a hands-on session taking attendees through the steps to create:
ActiveReports Server has always had a web designer for business users. We created the web designer to enable end users to build reports from scratch or modify existing reports using nothing more than a browser. We presumed that these end users knew little to nothing about databases and query languages.
ActiveReports 11 was released on November 15, 2016. The release includes updates to both ActiveReports Developer and ActiveReports Server. This is an important release that ticks a number of milestones on our road map:
Last week, ActiveReports 10 Service Pack 1 was released with new features focusing on design-time collaboration. These features enable the report author working in the Visual Studio integrated report designer or the End User Report Designer to collaborate with other report authors. Many of these collaboration features are also available through the extensive API to provide more flexibility for run-time customization of report layouts.
Last week we rolled out ActiveReports 10. This is a major version release which brings a lot of new features for our developer audience as well as our end users. The developer version of ActiveReports gets a new Tablix data region to enable complex cross-tab visualizations, a new DOCX rendering extension to export reports using the Open Office Document format, Stylesheets and other features and enhancements to make the life of a developer easier. Apart from the new look, the Server gets more control and data governance features for use with reports that developers design. They can now use Server Data Sources and Server Data Sets while hosting reports and executing them from the server.
Call it self-service reporting or ad-hoc reporting, but the bottom line is that more and more business users are asking for access to corporate data so that they can build their own reports or modify existing operational reports. In a recent webcast, we reviewed the drivers for self-service reporting and how ActiveReports Server with its web-based report designer add-on can help.
Over the past few months, many customers have been asking "What's in it for me?" with regard to using ActiveReports Server along with their existing ActiveReports developer reports. So we went about sharing more details as part of a webinar in July. Our agenda for the webcast was to show how existing customers of ActiveReports could use ActiveReports Server to enhance their applications by adding features like scalability, load balancing, scheduling, and more.
Recently I hosted a webinar for an audience who were new to ActiveReports. We called it ActiveReports - An Introduction. After a great response during registration, I was looking forward to interacting with the audience during the sessions. The audience did not let me down. We had a great turnout for both sessions.
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ActiveReports 8 Server Core introduces enterprise grade scalability features in a server platform which you can integrate into your application architecture to host ActiveReports 8 Developer reports as well as ad-hoc reports designed by the ActiveReports 8 Server Report Designer.