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Bring business insights to more people with SQL Server 2016 mobile reports

In today’s competitive business environment, organizations invest in business intelligence (BI) capabilities to drive the business forward.

Improving customer satisfaction is the top reason for investing in business insights, closely followed by making better business decisions and gaining a competitive advantage. Now, if customer satisfaction is the top reason, wouldn’t it make sense to deliver business insights to all the employees in an organization – particularly those who interact directly with customers? These people are by no means limited to sales, accounting, services and support roles. Unfortunately, the reality is that insights are most often stuck at the executive level.

SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services has introduced a new report type called mobile reports. Built on the Datazen technology that Microsoft acquired in 2015, these reports address the need for responsive-layout reports that adapt to different screen shapes, sizes and orientations.

Mobile reports dynamically adjust the content depending on whether you’re using a phone, tablet or PC, and even as you rotate your device. You can create mobile reports using the SQL Server Mobile Report Publisher app and you can view them using either your browser or the Power BI mobile app (available now for Windows Phone, iOS and Android devices).

The SQL Server Mobile Report Publisher also offers a design-first approach that allows the major consumers of mobile reports to work collaboratively with the report designer and provide feedback around the report, using sample data that adjusts “on the fly” to simulate the experience they have with the finished report. Once they’ve settled on the exact report design they’d like, the report publisher can hook up live data to the elements from their report server and publish the final product to the server. This completely eliminates the lengthy back and forth that frequently happens as part of the development process, and isn’t factored in when estimating the overall cost of a vendor’s solution.

With the introduction of mobile reports in SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services, you can benefit from the proven scalability of Reporting Services, share data sources and data sets across all reports (paginated and mobile), manage permissions based on Active Directory groups, use a single modern web portal to access KPIs and all reports (including the ability to set favorites), and use the Power BI mobile apps to consume mobile reports in a consistent and secured manner.

To get started, try SQL Server 2016, the SQL Server Mobile Report Publisher, the Power BI Mobile Apps for iOS, Android and Windows, along with the new mobile experience in Reporting Services today.

To learn more, please visit the Reporting Services team blog, join the conversation on Twitter (#SSRS), or check out the following technical deep dive videos: Design Mobile Reports and Access reports in modern browsers and mobile reports.



Frederik De Breuck is better known as Stonyarc (GamerTag). Next to writing and maintaining his personal blog he is the owner of and . He's also Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) since 2010 and works as Presales Director for Fujitsu Belgium.

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