Integrate report w/email subscription

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  1. Will
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    Posted 15 Nov 2007 Link to this post

    Hello -
    We are using the Telerik reporting control within a Dotnetnuke web site and the reports were great.   Are there any methods that anyone knows about that would allow a user to schedule and subscribe to a report like with Sql Server Reporting services?  We have a need for this and I have not found anything yet.

    Thanks
     - will
  2. Svetoslav
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    Posted 16 Nov 2007 Link to this post

    Hi Will,

    We are glad to hear that you like Telerik Reporting and use it in a DNN web site. Unfortunately, until now Telerik Reporting is an embedded reporting engine which means it is always part and in command of a 3rd party application. The requested functionality tends to be a property of a reporting server like the Microsoft's Reporting Services.

    Although, currently we do not offer such functionality out of the box I can imagine several possible solutions.

    You can create a separate application (a console application should be good enough) that is responsible for rendering a report in a given format; then use the Windows Scheduler to schedule this application run in a timely manner and generate reports at any time; you can use configuration files or command line arguments to specify which report and in what format to be exported.

    Other possible solution is to create your own scheduler - create a timer to check the current time and in case you have a scheduled report - render it.

    Here is a KB article and forum thread that explains how to render a report programmatically.

    I hope this information helps. Please let me know if I can be of any further help.
    Thank you.

    Kind regards,
    Svetoslav
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  4. Will
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    Posted 16 Nov 2007 Link to this post

    Hi
    Thanks for the suggestions. I'll try writing my own application to run and email the reports per a schedule.

     - will
  5. Sam Stange
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    Posted 29 Nov 2007 Link to this post

    I would adopt telerik's reporting suite, if it could complement SSRS. 

    The "services" in SSRS, include:
     
    1.) Subscriptions (Create, Update, Delete subscriptions of a particular report that is received via email on a scheduled basis. Recommend using "Share Schedules")
    2.) Snapshots (Create Historical snapshots of a report)
    3.) Report Listing and Report Info (Basic info for a report that includes name, description, parameters, etc...)
    4.) Build Your Own Report (For the true power user, SQL Server Report Builder can be used to make your own report). I won't go into this topic in this email.

    It's tough to throw all the web service capabilities away and adopt Telerik's reporting suite. Could you name some scenarios when it would be ideal to use Telerik's reporting suite?  Perhaps if I didn't have a SQL Server or Business Objects Server I might adopt Telerik's reporting suite? I'm trying to find the sweet spot for Telerik's reporting tool... Could you help me?
     
  6. Svetoslav
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    Posted 30 Nov 2007 Link to this post

    Hello Sam Stange,

    We wish we can offer the same and much more powerful reporting engine than the Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services. At the moment what we offer is an embedded reporting engine and we do not offer any of the features that you mention.

    At the moment we are still working on core reporting engine but as soon as we are done with it we have plans to provide the more advanced reporting server functionality.

    Some of the advantages of Telerik Reporting over the MS SSRS are that our product does not depend on the MS SQL Server, you have programmatic control over the reports and cascading styles.

    Kind regards,
    Svetoslav
    the Telerik team

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