People use reports to communicate information, make decisions, and identify opportunities.
Reporting Services is a server-based reporting platform that provides a full range of ready-to-use tools and services to help people throughout your organization create, deploy, manage, and use reports quickly and easily. This is the heart of the reporting engine in Fusion.
With Reporting Services engine integration, you can retrieve data in a variety of formats – Print, PDF, Word, Excel, and CSV are supported by Fusion offering tight integration with Microsoft Office Suites. Published reports can be automated and delivered at specific times of day in various formats to specific users or groups of users. These subscriptions are controlled by the report manager as part of the report server.
Fusion supports both styles of reporting and each style has different purposes in our world:
- Server-Side Reporting – This is generally faster and often uses distributed processing so the interface in Fusion returns to the user faster while the report processing is completed on the reporting server. Since nearly every customer is hosted in our cloud, this process of setting up the reporting server and the appropriate permissions are pre-configured at the server level. If you would desire a local installation for some reason, this would be a process that must be configured.
- Client-Side reporting – This is a legacy feature, once our default it does not require any special setup or configuration. The query, formatting, default settings, etc., are all stored in the Fusion database and is all processed locally. This is often slower to render but like everything, does have value when exporting CSV files. This functionality is not recommended or supported for our Next-Gen HTML product.
In either case, we do not encrypt or hide the reports or the data in any way. As a customer, you have the ability to load the Report Builder tools and modify the reports yourself, if you so desire.