combit Report Server 2.0 has been released, which enable developers to generate powerful reports on an ad hoc basis. The report server platform is completely browser based, intuitive and ready to use out-of-the-box.
With the help of combit Report Server 2.0, business users will be able to create and generate powerful reports. The report server also increases efficiency and developers will be able to work using smartphone, laptop or tablet PC.
IT professionals will be able to integrate a wide range of data sources including administration with minimal effort. They will be able to distribute tasks across various teams efficiently.
You can download combit Report Server 2.0 brochure from the official website of combit. It provides comprehensive coverage of various features included with combit Report Server 2.0 with screenshots.
You can request a live online demo of combit Report Server, which enables you to examine the new features such as report parameters, report elements and the interactive preview.
In an exclusive interview, Alexander Horak, Developement Head, combit Report Server shared more information about combit Report Server 2.0
Learnxpress: Can you share with us the real purpose of combit Report Server 2.0
The combit Report Server is a browser-based, intuitive and ready for immediate deployment Business Intelligence solution for all kinds of data. Target group are those who need to quickly get sound foundations for their decisions and identify trends from complex data – professionally displayed – e.g. managers, business users or IT professionals. Because of its scalability, the combit Report Server keeps pace with the growth of the enterprise in which it is deployed. The user interface of the Report Server is clean, clear and user-friendly.
Learnxpress: We would like to know in what way automated reporting helps?
Scheduled automated reporting is possible with the Enterprise Edition of combit Report Server. The output is automatically and reliably distributed via email, FTP or Microsoft SharePoint. For example, a report with the week’s sales figures can be generated every Friday at noon and sent to senior managers by email. At the same time, your file is saved on the intranet for archiving. Also very complex reports can be created overnight to be immediately available the next morning. This way, combit Report Server successfully frees up time for other tasks.
Learnxpress: What is the benefit of Report Elements feature?
The Report Elements feature is a central repository for frequently used standard content such as logos, terms and conditions, PDF files, images or text. They can be accessed and processed quickly, at any time. The folder structure is fully customizable.
Learnxpress: Does combit Report Server 2.0 provide support for Windows Phone?
Yes, sure, all popular mobile platforms are supported – Windows Phone, Android and iOS.
Learnxpress: Can you share with us the benefit of Crosstabs?
Crosstabs display data in a multi-dimensional format. They answer questions such as “How do product sales vary between employees?” An array of special features such as pivot tables and Top-N reports helps to create them. The latter allow you to sort your data according to the results column, and to limit the number of hits displayed. So you can produce a Top-3 report in no time at all and list e.g. the employees with the highest sales figures.
Learnxpress: How does Report Parameters benefit Big Data?
Report Parameters can be defined on exporting, in planned reports, the interactive preview and the Designer; these make Big Data easier to manage. You easily realize multiple analyses within a single report template by filtering your data to different parameters such as country, date, etc. Previously, this required multiple templates. Furthermore, combit Report Server supports a large amount of different data sources. When using SQL databases, open interfaces such as ODBC help to connect to most database systems. New standards such as OData allow to connect to distributed data sources (e.g. web services). A large number of supported data sources can also be beneficial in terms of future developments in a company.
Learnxpress: Is it possible to work with combit Report Server 2.0 without List & Label?
First of all let me say that combit Report Server is a stand-alone product, that includes elements of List & Label. For example the Report Server Designer is based on combit’s List & Label Designer and is building the heart of the Report Server. This way, users have a sophisticated Report Designer at their disposal which is already used by millions of users. So, if you are used to work with List Label, you will be able to quickly handle combit Report Server. For those who use combit Report Server for the first time, it’s also easy to get along. The surface is intuitive and clearly structured. All features have been developed under the aspect of user-friendliness.
Learnxpress: In what way combit Report Server 2.0 is different from Crystal Reports?
Crystal Reports is a developer tool. The counterpart to combit Report Server would be Crystal Server. combit Report Server is server-based and has been designed from the ground up for mobile use. Reports and data sources are centrally managed on a server that also controls access rights. combit Report Server scores with its royalty-free designer, the integrated scheduler and the variety of easy to use report distribution options.
Learnxpress: Can you share the future roadmap of combit Report Server?
In Future – as in the past – we place great emphasis on customer requirements and agility. Therefore, we have launched a pilot program, which enables us to get rapid feedback on our ideas and collect concrete practical requirements which we try to implement as fast as possible in the context of service packs or releases. Some features in version 2.0 have already been realized this way. So our customers benefit as early as possible from new developments.