A database report is a configured result of queries that presents applicable data for analysis and decision-making. Given its importance, it has to be done correctly and efficiently. There are tools like Microsoft Report Builder, to automate the process and increase accuracy.
Report Builder offers a reliable report-authoring environment for power users and IT professionals. It delivers data visualizations, like sparklines, maps, data bars, and charts to help produce new insights beyond what’s achievable with standard charts and tables. With this tool, you can create reports and shared datasets and publish report parts. If you need to reuse existing reports as a reference for making new reports, you can do that quickly by browsing the Report Part Gallery, which provides a grab-and-go experience.
Using Report Builder
Microsoft Report Builder supports Windows operating systems from Windows 7 to Windows 10, including Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows Server 2012. Note that it needs Microsoft.NET Framework 4.6, 80MB of available hard disk space, and 512MB of RAM.
How it works
The authoring tool is part of Microsoft SQL Server, and it offers a simplified user environment with an interface like Microsoft Office. This way, it’s easier and intuitive to create new reports or author the existing ones. All objects, such as gauges, sparklines, tablix, and tables from Reporting Services are accessible to the business user.
Development can occur in two ways: Reports are built-in BI Development Studio (BIDS) and can be customized in Microsoft Report Builder and vice versa. BIDS is for the developer to access more advanced features, while Report Builder may be more practical to business users looking to customize reports to suit specific requirements.
Make reports from your browser
If you’re looking for a more versatile way to build reports, consider a web-based Microsoft SQL Server Client Tool that can be a better alternative to Microsoft SSMS. It has an MSSQL Report Builder feature that enables the creation various reports like parameterized and SQL query reports. It’s a self-service BI and ad-hoc reporting tool that even lets you define Data Access Policy, build powerful SQL data dashboards and charts and connect to multiple data sources with just a few clicks.