Many of our customers switch over from Microsoft’s SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) to the Windward Embedded Solution. As with any report writing software, SSRS has a number of commendable features like the expression editor, drilldown support, and the Tablix. For basic, plain reports, SSRS is certainly a useful tool.
But…over its history, SSRS has demonstrated a singular superpower: it can take relatively simple concepts and drown them in needless complexity. You can see this in the way SSRS makes you dive through sub menus and attribute fields when all you want to do is bold some text.
Click below to see the two-page comparison of SSRS and Windward.
With SSRS, you spend an excessive amount of time on the minutiae of formatting, and your templates are still unfairly limited. Not ideal. You may ask, “Is software still “free” if it costs all your time to use it?”
We were reminded of all this as we exhibited at the PASS Summit in Seattle in November. Many of the attendees came by our booth with SSRS complaints, and they were very pleased when we handed them a two-page comparison chart for Windward and SSRS.
We’ve posted this online, and you can read our comments and download the PDF on this page. Let us know below if we’re being fair and if you’d add to or correct our assertions.
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Author: Larry Goldman
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