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Chris asked on 09 Oct 2011, 07:14 AM
Hi.

I'm just about to purchase a subscription to your asp.netAJAX controls to use in SaaS application but was considering purchasing the Telerik Reporting component too.

Is Telerik Reporting suitable for use in a SaaS Application in terms of 
  • the user being able to apply dynamic report parameters on the fly (E.g. date ranges, country etc)
  • using session variable like a tenantID so as not to inlude data from other customers in the same application
  • having a low CPU usage when generating the reports
  • and most importantly using the Telerik Reporting component in Dotnetnuke

Also, I think i have determined that this is not something I could use to build a web based ad-hoc report builder for my users to use. But is there something else that telerik does that would allow me to build this kind of feature?

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Chris

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answered on 12 Oct 2011, 01:36 PM
Hello Chrisl,

Up to your questions:
  1. The Report Parameters have out of the box UI and you can use them in expressions to filter data
  2. The report definition is standard .NET class thus you can access session variables with a simple user function wrapper as shown in the following code snippet:
    public static object GetSessionVariable(string id)
    {
         return System.Web.HttpContext.Current.Session[id];
    }
  3. Up to the CPU usage, the complexity of the report layout, the complexity of the data calculations (aggregates, conditional formatting),  the rendering media, the size of the generated document (in pages) are crucial. Thus our suggestion is download free trial version and test the report engine speed.
  4. The Web report viewer is a standard ASP.NET control thus it should work in DotNetNuke. 
  5. Currently we don't have ad-hoc report builder. However this feature is highly demanded and we hope to be able to deliver a first version in the next six months.

Greetings,
Peter
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Q2’11 SP1 of Telerik Reporting is available for download (see what's new). Get it today.

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answered on 12 Oct 2011, 10:01 PM
Thank you.
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