Reporting Services overview

Reporting Services, a component of the Infor BI for Lawson suite, is a reporting repository and web distribution engine designed for secure storage and report delivery. Coupled with Crystal Report Designer it allows for creation of presentation quality operational reports. Reporting Services reduces system load due to the reduced number of reports that need to be processed. The full-use product enables enterprise-wide reporting against any data from any source, including non-Lawson sources.

Reporting Services accepts data from suitably connected data sources. Data can be imported from a connected compatible database using a Crystal report or from the Lawson back office through an FTP connection.

Reporting Services overview

Individual reports are published to a report repository. By using the functionality of Reporting Services, you can determine who receives the report, what parts of the report they receive, as well as how and when they receive it.

Report distribution criteria

Reporting Services functionality is distributed over these four abstract blocks. For simplification, the remainder of this chapter treats each block as a separate entity.

For more information see the following sections:

Data source

Data source connections are made at implementation time. After that, data sources are added infrequently. If problems arise, the connection status may be reviewed and tested.

Defining data sources allows you to specify two or more separate data repository instances, using different data source connections. This type of set up is used with non-Lawson Applications reports and allows you to switch between those instances on the fly. For example, often when a non-Lawson Applications report is designed, it is run against a test server so as to not impact the processing of the production server. By specifying multiple data source connections, you can run a single instance of a non-Lawson Applications published report against any number of systems. The data source component supports native Lawson and Oracle connections, and the most common OLEDB and ODBC connections. In order to configure a data source connection, you will need access to database and server information.

For more information see, Working with a data source connection and Modifying a Crystal Report's data settings.