DevExpress Report Server with Full Dashboard Support (Coming soon in v17.1)

02 May 2017

Last week, I described the changes we've made to our Report Server platform - specifically, the ability to create and distribute dashboards (in addition to standard reports). If you've not reviewed that post, you can do so here.

Before I describe this new capability further, let me restate an important point so as not to confuse anyone - if you are looking to incorporate client-side Reporting and/or Dashboards (be it desktop or web-based) and wish to distribute your solutions royalty-free, this post will not apply to you. If, however, you are seeking a report distribution platform for your enterprise, then DevExpress Report Server is definitely a product you should consider.

At present, DevExpress Report Server is bundled within our Universal Subscription and is available for purchase on a standalone basis. The product uses a Client Access License (CAL) model. If you own an active Universal Subscription, you are granted 5 CALs and you can purchase additional CALs as necessary. As I mentioned in my previous post, once we release v17.1, we'll be removing DevExpress Report Server from our Universal SKU. When we do, it will be available for purchase only on a standalone basis. And yes, if you already own an active Universal Subscription at the time of v17.1 launch, you will retain your licensing rights to DevExpress Report Server. 

Those of you who do not own the Universal Subscription and are interested in locking in access to Report Server should contact our Client Services Team (clientservices@devexpress.com) in the next couple of weeks. We'll be more than happy to arrange an upgrade path from your current subscription to DevExpress Universal at the lowest possible cost. 

DevExpress Report Server with Dashboard Support

In contrast to static reports, Dashboards give you the power to create dynamic decision support systems. With Dashboards, you can deliver customizable solutions designed to communicate metrics and identify trends within any organization. Though Dashboards will never replace a traditional printed report, they can give users a new way to appreciate strengths or weaknesses and anticipate opportunities or threats within their business.

DevExpress Report Server with Dashboard Support

All the capabilities you've come to expect from our Report Server were extended to support DevExpress Dashboard. From editing and viewing a Dashboard, to scheduling and versioning, dashboard generation and its subsequent distribution is managed in the same exact way as its static report counterpart.

You may be asking yourself how is a Dashboard generated from within Report Server different than Dashboards integrated within a traditional desktop or web-based app. The simple answer is that there is no difference...you can create Report Server based Dashboards with the same Visualization elements you've come to expect from its client-side equivalent. These include:

  • Grids
  • Pivot Tables
  • Charts 
  • Maps
  • TreeMaps
  • Gauges
  • Cards
  • Data-bound Text and Image Fields

You also have access to the same interactive features -- including master filtering with a variety of supported filter elements (from combo box to visual range selector) and drill down functionality for elements such as the Grid, Charts, Pivot Grid and Maps. And finally, a broad range of analytical tools to maximize readability and data relevance (Conditional Formatting, Coloring, etc).

These similarities notwithstanding, Report Server is different than a custom built client-side solution in that the work to  simplify the management and distribution of static reports/dashboards has already been completed for you. If your organization is swimming in reports and wants to streamline, control, and maintain them more efficiently, the Report Server is a legitimate option vs a custom, in-house solution.

DevExpress Report Server with Dashboard Support

We'll discuss Report Server in more detail in our Launch Webinar on May 19th. If this product is of interest, be sure to register your spot today. Until then, feel free to share your thoughts below...

On a quick side note for those already using DevExpress Report Server .... Among the new features we'll also ship in v17.1 is the ability to filter Report Server data using account-related information (User Name, User Groups, Domain Name, etc.). As you'd expect, this new feature allows you to restrict the data displayed within a report or dashboard for specific users or groups.

DevExpress Report Server with Dashboard Support

8 comment(s)
Steve Sharkey

Have I got this right, from 17.1 Report Server will be removed from the Universal subscription - however anyone who has an existing universal subscription will still have it. So what happens when they renew their subscription?

Although I have had it for a while all my clients tend to use SSRS so I have never installed it - if we pass the renewal point and we are still on 17.1 and I suddenly have a case when I want to investigate Report Server and try to install it will it still install or should I install it as soon as 17.1 is released.

So many hypothetical questions!

3 May, 2017
Engº Silvio Cruz

Great addition, i was expecting this feature for a long time, thumbs up.

3 May, 2017
Ray Navasarkian (DevExpress)

@Steve

I'm not entirely sure I follow but here is the bottom line...If you renew your Universal Subscription (do not allow it to lapse), you have maintained license continuity and as such, you will have the right to use all the products you originally licensed.

If your subscription lapses (you do not renew), that continuity is broken.

So, if you are interested in Report Server with DevExpress Dashboard and if you currently own a Universal Subscription, make sure to renew. :-)

4 May, 2017
Ahmed Bayyari

Will we be able to import existing dashboards? We have over 20 different dashboards and would hate to have to recreate them all on the server?

5 May, 2017
Dan Palazotto

When can we expect a demo to be available?

6 May, 2017
Ray Navasarkian (DevExpress)

@Ahmed - not sure what you mean...If you are currently using our Dashboard, you don't have to do anything. Are you wishing to move your client-side solution to Report Server?

@Dan - we'll do our best to update our online Report Server demos in time for release.

8 May, 2017
Ahmed Bayyari

Yes, we have them all as XML files and would like to utilize the Report Server to automate delivery of these dashboards. So my question is whether these XML files can be imported somehow to the Report Server or would we need to recreate them using the Report Server tools/designer.

8 May, 2017
Ata Fakhari

Hi, I’d like to use GOOGLE maps in my dashboard and mark some points on the map with different colors based on a specific field value in the query. Is it possible to do that with DevExpress Dashboard? How should I do it?

28 May, 2017

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