I am excited to tell you that the CTP of Telerik Report Server is public, and you can download it immediately to give it a spin. Although it's far from full-featured, we'd love to hear what you think about the path we’ve taken so far.
Telerik Report Server is an end-to-end ,ready-to-use solution. It enables you, your colleagues and your company, as a whole, to store all your reports in a single location and access them from anywhere, on any device. It makes report sharing an easy task. It's powered by the Telerik Reporting engine for processing and rendering the reports, which you can manage and view in a light-weight web application, built with responsive design.
Authentication is required, of course. The CTP comes with simple login, and user management is not available yet. For the official version ,we plan to offer at least Windows Authentication. The server admin will manage users and determine their permissions and roles. You can find more about the available features and the product roadmap here.
Telerik Report Server will help you solve the following problems, among others:
Download the CTP of the Report Server. Check the installation instructions available in the zip package. Basically, you need to deploy it on the server's web application on IIS, and that’s it.
By default, the report definitions are stored on the file system. But you can configure the storage type to one of the following options: File system, Redis or Microsoft SQL Server.
If you are an existing Telerik Reporting user, I bet you have plenty of .trdx files you’ll be happy to store on the Report Server. If not, The Report Server CTP distribution zip ships a Trial version of the Telerik Report Designer. It’s a desktop end-user application with a WYSIWYG design-time surface for designing reports.
Once created, upload the report definition (.trdx file) to the Report Server. If you need to edit a report, download the report definition file, edit it locally with the desktop application, and upload it, where uploading will create anew revision and add a record to the report history.
Click the View icon for the selected report, and you'll see it bound to the latest and greatest data. Then, you can export it to 20+ offline formats, such as PDF, MS Word, Image and many more.
We do have immediate plans for the next few features, including user management and scheduling. But we really need to know what you think about what we’ve done so far. Tell us your top needs, so we implement those first. Simply leave a comment below, or post your feedback and feature requests in the forums or directly on the feedback portal.
Iana Tsolova is Product Manager at Telerik’s DevTools division. She joined the company back in the beginning of 2008 as a Support Officer and has since occupied various positions at Telerik, including Senior Support Officer, Team Lead at one of the ASP.NET AJAX teams and Technical Support Director. Iana’s main interests are web development, reading articles related to geography, wild nature and latest renewable energy technologies.