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Smart Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 by Kevin S. Goff Lynn Langit Davide Mauri, Sahil Malik, and John C. Welch

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About the SOAP API

If you’re a developer, you might be saying to yourself, "Finally, I get to write some code here." As with most other aspects of BI solutions, there is a good reason that we’ve placed this section near the end of the chapter. We’ve found many overengineered solutions among our clients. We again caution that writing code should have a solid business justification because it adds time, cost, and complexity to your reporting solution. That being said, what are some of the most compelling business scenarios in which to do this?

We’ll use some of our real-life examples to explain. Although for small-to-midsized clients, using URL access or the ReportViewer control has worked well for us, we’ve had enterprise clients for which these ...

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