In Part 1 of this series we talked about SSRS in general and then in Part 2 confirmed SSRS was installed and configured properly, and Part 3 showed how to deploy a report using VS2012. Today I want to talk briefly about your options for actually using or consuming Reporting Services. Before I provide any examples, you need to understand that there are really three ways to consume all reports from SSRS. Each way has some advantages and disadvantages and are not unique to Arvixe.
As in most things the more time you can spend on something the more benefits you will receive and SSRS is no exception. The graph below shows a simple correlation between the three options and the output (Figure 1). I will give you actual examples of consuming these reports.
For a partial list of advantages and disadvantages please see the matrix below, also keep in mind that some of these advantages and disadvantages relate directly to using Arvixe as your hosting provider.
If you can think of other advantages or disadvantages for each type then drop me a note and I will add them and give you credit. My next articles will look at each of these methods and provide examples. If you want to read them then start here with.
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