Sunday, September 04, 2016

SQL Server Reporting Services 2016

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) 2016 is an on-premises solution for deploying and managing reports.

SSRS 2016 supports

  • Paginated Reports - Design beautiful reports using updated tools and new features built on HTML5 technology.
  • Mobile Reports - Create responsive, interactive reports optimised for mobile devices.
  • New Web Portal - Consume both type of reports in one web portal using modern browsers.

Paginated Reports

  • Modern chart and gauge styles
  • Treemap and Sunburst charts
  • Updated Report Builder look and feel
  • Visual Studio 2015 support
  • Plugin free printing

Customisable Parameter Layouts

  • Position Parameters across more than 2 columns
  • Choose position for each parameter
  • Create space between groups of parameter

Pin Report Items to PowerBI Dashboards

  • Monitor most important metrics and trends in one place using KPIs
  • Pin charts, gauges, maps and images as tiles to Power BI Dashboards
  • Drill through to source reports
  • Refresh tiles on a schedule

Create Interactive Mobile Reports

  • Drag-and-drop to create beautiful, interactive data visualisations
  • Prototype in minutes with simulated data
  • Access enterprise data sources by connecting to Reporting Services
  • Customize layouts for different form factors

Consuming Mobile Reports

  • One mobile app for Power BI and Reporting Services Mobile Reports
  • Native mobile experience optimised for touch
  • Keep data up-to-date with real-time query or scheduled data refresh
  • Interact with mobile reports even when disconnected
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API vs. Webhook vs. SignalR

APIs (Application Programming Interface) are sets of requirements that govern how one application can talk to another. The API specifies the way in which these different software components can interact with each other and enables content and data to be shared between components.

Webhook also referred as “Reverse APIs” is a way for an application to provide other applications with real time information. With APIs, there is always a request followed by a response. No request is required for a Webhook, it just sends the data when it is available. Webhook doesn't require to hold open a network connection while waiting for events.

SignalR is a library for ASP.NET developers that simplifies the process of adding real-time web functionality to applications. SignalR exchange event notifications through WebSockets, however it requires an open network connection.

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