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SQL Server Reporting Services : Benefits of a 3rd Party Scheduler

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) Reports has a scheduling system that can manage and distribute your report subscriptions. Does it do the job? Do SSRS’ internal features satisfy all of the business’ needs? In some cases, firms look to 3rd party solutions to complete their projects. Some solutions enable a greater flexibility in subscription publication, or offer a wider array of scheduling options, while others help manage SSRS Reports. Most importantly, using a 3rd party solution such as SQL-RD can provide a much higher ROI for initial, ongoing and future costs.

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Benefits of Automated Report Delivery in SQL Reporting Services

When it comes to gathering data, the process of building the report and sending it out is possibly the most intense. Microsoft created SQL reporting services as a server based report designer, builder, and deployment engine. The service prepares and delivers a variety of both interactive and printed reports. With SQL reporting, accessing and delivering reports is made simple. By automating the service, you only improve its usefulness. 

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3 Reasons “Out-of-System” Workflow Software Is the Best Way to Automate SSRS Reports

SQL Server’s SSRS is a powerful report generation and deployment engine. With all its power, SQL Server Reporting Services has a built-in scheduling and automation tool where administrators can schedule SSRS reports subscriptions. If that is the case, then why on earth would an admin want to rely on an external or dedicated report scheduler? 

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Merge SSRS Report Output With SQL-RD's Package Schedule

Imagine that the management team needs to receive 10 weekly status reports that include finances, inventory, sales etc. As usual, you have 10 subscriptions setup that deliver these reports. Everything is working just fine, then suddenly management decides that they no longer want to fuss with 10 different reports and 10 different emails. Instead, they want one document that encompasses all the weekly information they need. Great, now you have to write a whole new report, deploy it, and then set up the subscriptions all over again. Or do you? Using SQL-RD's Package Schedule, you can merge SSRS report output into a single PDF, text, or Excel file without the need to change the reports.

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How To Generate An SSRS Report As A Password Protected PDF

Though SSRS already has built-in functions that allow you to schedule and run a SSRS report to PDF, there are plenty of reasons why you would rather rely on a dedicated scheduler to process reports into PDF files. Advanced report encryption including password protected PDF, PGP, and Zip encryption methods can ensure that reports containing vital data are secure. Adding an expiration date to an SSRS reports limits the reports availability to users even after it has been delivered. PDF permissions ensure the users cannot tamper with the PDF file as well. Let’s dive a bit deeper and find out how to use these features to not only format your report into PDF but keep them secure!

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