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More Features

July 28, 2012 Leave a comment
  • Powerful enough for the IT department & simple enough for end users
  • Lower initial and ongoing costs compared with competitor’s products
  • Handles document files from other software as well
  • Designed using award winning components and the best of proven technology
  • On the road! Request and receive reports via Email on your mobile device in a password protected PDF or various other formats
  • Connect to your accounting software, corporate databases, CRM, ERP, project management system or just a spreadsheet
  • Great for Data Conversion and creating new Excel files from Databases
  • The perfect data analyst tool
  • Companion to Microsoft Office
  • Use as the engine to drive a cloud solution

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Report Server

June 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Sunset Reports can work as a “Report Server” similar to SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and Crystal Reports.   The difference is Sunset Reports is much easier to implement and does not provide a web based interface.   No actual server software exists.   Instead a Windows Service is run on any Windows based computer including XP, Vista, 7, Server 2003, and Server 2008.   The service or “Report Processor Service” as we refer to it, runs in the background whether a user is logged on or not.   It runs off a report queue which has a list of reports to run, their scheduled time, format, destination, etc.    Reports can be added via the Windows based user interface, or from an email request.   The Report Processor Service also monitors an incoming email inbox for requests.   Reports can be saved in a variety of formats and even FTP’d to a website.

iPad Database Sync

June 8, 2012 Leave a comment

In a recent article by Sam Laird titled “In a Relationship:  Mobile Apps and the Cloud“, the author points out the connection between mobile devices and the cloud. In recent posts we spoke about how this relationship works with our software. Getting reports from Sunset Reports is a simple process that we have spoke about several times and offered several methods to do it, from emails, texts, and cloud services.

Capturing data on a mobile device and getting that data into a database that Sunset Reports can connect to is a different topic. Client software on a mobile device exists to do just that. There are a few business database applications for the iPad, but here we want to focus on those that will “sync” to a cloud server in the true sense of the word.   The app needs to handle the situation where it is not online all the time. If you go to the app store and search for “database sync” you will only find one product in the “business” category, and that app is called “Cellica Database”. In future posts, we will explore this app and how to use it in conjuction with our product.

Cloud Server

June 7, 2012 Leave a comment

In some upcoming posts, the details of how to implement a Cloud Server with Sunset Reports will be discussed.   The following diagram shows the basis of this discussion.  This architecture has been used for projects where a database client was running on an iPad, and this client would synchronize with it’s server counterpart and keep a set of database tables up to date both on the iPad and the Server.   Then Sunset Reports was used to create the reports needed and pushed those reports to the client on a schedule and as requested.

End of the Geek Era

June 3, 2012 Leave a comment

A recent article titled “Cloud, iPad, and the end of the geek era” published on TechRepublic hits home for a lot of IT professionals.   The future is not about relying on the IT department.   Most people that need to get their work done, are doing it themselves.   That is why a product like Sunset Reports is a good choice for users who need to create reports from corporate data.   Recent posts here show how Sunset Reports integrates with the Cloud and the iPhone/iPad and also talk more about the IT department.

Cloud Storage

Use on Mobile Devices

Getting a Report via Text Message

IT Departments Should Not Write Reports for Users

End User Deployment by the IT Department

 

 

Cloud Storage

May 9, 2012 Leave a comment

A great way to remotely get access to the reports created by Sunset Reports is to use a cloud service.   You have many choices including Dropbox, iCloud, SkyDrive, Google Drive, CX.com, SugarSync, among others.   If you are nervous about security with sensitive reports, use the password protection on an encrypted PDF file to be safe.

Our recommendation is SkyDrive, although the others work too.   Set your report repository to a folder within your local Skydrive folder on your workstation or server.   As soon as the report is saved, it is available on your Skydrive devices including other PC’s, your iPad, your iPhone, etc.   It cannot be easier or more simple.

Information Management

April 28, 2012 Leave a comment

If you refer to the definition of “Information Management (IM)” from Wikipedia, you will see that IM “is the collection and management of information from one or more sources and the distribution of that information to one or more audiences. …. the organization of and control over the structure, processing, and delivery of information”

Does this definition describe Sunset Reports?   Actually this definition is exactly what Sunset Reports does.    You can define many sources of information from databases, Excel documents, or any other type of file created by another system.   With the query builder, report designer, calculations, scripting, etc., information can be processed.   The delivery of information can take many forms in terms of file formats.    Delivery can be scheduled and there are several destination types including websites, shared folders, cloud services, email, and more.