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Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2008 Reporting Services Unleashed by Amit Goyal, Jim Joseph, Michael Lisin

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Chapter 18. Ad Hoc Reporting

This chapter begins with a few words about needs and challenges for ad hoc reports and some definitions.

A lot of things have changed for business in the post dotcom era, but one thing that remains is the need for accurate and timely data. Most businesses want to analyze and report on up-to-the-minute data. Moreover, a lot of analysts want to analyze the data kept in their organization’s data warehouses to test their theories or to spot trends. This kind of analytical reporting does not preclude the nicely printed and formatted reports for C-level executives, but rather serves as the foundation ...

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