Chapter 1. Introducing Reporting Services

After completing this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Describe the key characteristics of a reporting platform.

  • Explain the reporting life cycle.

  • Identify the components of the Reporting Services architecture.

In this chapter, you learn how the capabilities of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services create a reporting platform. You also discover how this reporting platform supports each stage of the reporting life cycle and how each component of the platform fits together architecturally. This introduction gives you a better understanding of how you might use Reporting Services as a reporting platform in your organization.

A Reporting Platform

Put simply, a report is a structured arrangement of information. ...

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