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Report Subscriptions

July 5, 2012 Leave a comment
Suppose a user wants to “subscribe” to a report such that the report will be emailed to the user on a periodic basis (i.e. daily, weekly, etc).  The process is very easy to setup.   First add the report to the Queue at the time the user wants the report.   Then open the Calendar view of the Queue and find the report just added.  By double clicking on the report or right mouse clicking on the report and selecting “Open”, you have the ability to change the time and also set the Recurrence of the report.   This is the way you can set reports to recur on specific days and times repeatedly.
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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.

Business Asset

May 26, 2012 Leave a comment

One of the most important assets in business is DATA and when the data is turned into INFORMATION, it becomes the primary asset of a business.   Transforming data from a variety of sources, making it accessible, and presenting it in a form that is useful is the main purpose of Sunset Reports.    Timely information and business intelligence in the right format gives managers the ability to

  • Make quicker decisions
  • Make smarter dicisions
  • Adapt to changes
  • Affect the bottom line

With Sunset Reports, you do not have to manually run reports, they can be delivered on demand or scheduled to occur on a recurring basis.    They can be delivered to a manager’s workstation or portable device like a smartphone or tablet.   They can show up on a website, email, or message.

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.

Use on Mobile Devices

April 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Sunset Reports can work as a great tool for viewing reports on mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad, or other smartphone via Email, FTP, or Web pages. The Push/Pull capabilities via Email and the report server function in Sunset Reports provides everything you need for viewing reports. Report design is best handled on the Windows based hardware where the databases generally reside.

The PDF’s generated by Sunset Reports can be sent to your iPhone and iPad  and they look great and are easy to view using iBooks. 

A good scenerio used by many users is to receive reports from Sunset Reports each morning via email on their iPad. The email comes to you when you are at home when you are connected via WiFi. Then when you leave for the day, your iPad has the reports you need without an internet connection. This process works great. You never have to wait for your reports to run or download. They are there when you need them and the PDF quality is wonderful. You can even forward or share the reports as necessary.

Sunset Reports supports both “Push” and “Pull” technology

January 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Push technology is a type of Internet-based communication where the request for a given report is initiated by the report server or in this case Sunset Reports report queue. The report is “pushed” to a user via email.

Pull technology by contrast is where the request for the transmission of information is initiated by the user.   Sunset Reports can receive a request via email and then reply with a report or document in a follow up email.

The use of email as the communication technology for Sunset Reports provides the broadest option for all platforms and devices.   It overcomes limitations or restrictions placed by browsers, operating systems, firewalls, network security, etc.