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Microsoft® Azure™ SQL Database Step by Step by Eric D. Boyd, Leonard G. Lobel

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Chapter 6. Cloud reporting

Leonard Lobel

In the database world, getting information into a database is only part of the job. Another major part is extracting meaningful information, strategically analyzing the data you collected, and making valuable sense of it. To that end, an exhaustive suite of Business Intelligence (BI) services and components have evolved and integrated themselves as part of the on-premises Microsoft SQL Server product. Of these, SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is the primary reporting tool. This component of the SQL Server stack provides a rich reporting dialect known as Report Definition Language (RDL), a service to render RDL-based reports, as well as client tools and designers for authoring and deploying RDL files. ...

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