In the world of BI solutions, a complete solution consists of much more than the OLAP cubes and data mining structures built using SSAS. We would go so far as to say that to the ultimate consumers of the BI project—the various end-user communities—a well-designed solution should have data store sources that are nearly invisible. This allows those users to work in a familiar and natural way with their enterprise data. This means, of course, that the selection of clients tools, or reporting tools, is absolutely critical to the successful adoption of the results of your BI project.
There are other considerations as well, such as data load, preparation, and more. Let’s talk a bit more about reporting first.