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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.
With ActiveReports Server and ActiveReports 10 Professional Edition, you can share data sets on the server for improved data governance and reusability. We've talked a little about who might want to do this and why. Now we'll talk about how.
ActiveReports Server now supports two methods for reports to access data: Shared Data Sets and Data Models. The obvious question then is which should you use? To answer that question, we need to understand what types of reports you are serving up using ActiveReports Server.
Not everyone will find the shared data sets feature useful, but for those who do, it is huge. If you use ActiveReports Server to deliver Page or RDL reports created using ActiveReports, you can share data source and data set definitions on the server.
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.
In the introduction to multi-tenant reporting, we discussed how ActiveReports Server uses a security provider and security filters to implement custom authentication when you deploy self-service reporting in multi-tenant environments. These are environments in which multiple clients, such as multiple companies, each with its own group of employees, share a single application with access to only their information. This is very common in SaaS applications that need to add reporting.
While implementing ad hoc, self-service reporting in a multi-tenant environment, we aim to restrict access to underlying data from the database based on the organization (“tenant”) of the user who is logged into the system. This is a typical deployment scenario for Web-based solutions catering to multiple customers, each of whom has individual sets of data. There are many forms of multi-tenancy and the implementation varies by case depending on a number of factors. These architectures vary in degrees of data isolation from an extreme of completely isolated databases, where each tenant has their own copy of data, to shared databases where tenants share the same tables and data is associated with a tenant using a tenant identifier.
The current iteration of the Adobe Flash player plugin (188.8.131.52) has a known conflict with ActiveReports 8 Server. The error occurs in both Firefox and Safari with this version of Adobe Flash when opening a report in design mode and selecting a table or chart control from the report page. Flash will then display an alert for error 2014 – Feature is not available at this time.