SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services on Safari & Chrome Browsers


This is a very painful issue that took my entire time and effort in solving it.

I am not sure how many of you know that SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services doesn’t support Safari and Chrome browsers (in fact, it’s only partially supported). But it’s high time, you know it. There is a browser support page on Microsoft website, that can be seen here: Planning for Browser Support.

I recently upgraded our SQL Server to 2012 and all my SSRS reports were working till last week. All of a sudden, my reports started showing up nothing other than the report header and parameters section on Google Chrome and Apple Safari browsers. Since the management team is fully on Apple technologies (Mac OS and Safari browser), it was just critical that these reports stopped working.

Stack Overflow forum has got this gem of an article, which helped me in fixing this issue: SSRS 2008 R2 reports are blank in Safari and Chrome.

The original question was for SQL Server 2008 R2, but the solution works for SQL Server 2012 as well.

I am sure, some of you would face this issue in future, as more and more clients are moving toward different technologies other than Microsoft for day-to-day IT requirements, such as Linux, Mac, mobile OSes (iOS, Android, WP, etc.), but would still want all their BI solutions work as it would on native technology base (in this case, Microsoft).

VAIDY

List of Attractive BI Technologies from Microsoft


This was my second session today at Tech-Ed 2011 Middle East. Very interesting and demos were extremely useful to understand all the BI Technologies listed.

Now what exactly are we talking about? The session was all about listing the most promising (some are already existing) BI Tools running on top of either OR all of the following: SQL Server 2008 R2, SharePoint 2010, Silverlight.

The following are the list:


  1. SharePoint Excel Services
  2. PowerPivot Galleries
  3. PerformancePoint (Dashboards, Scorecards & KPIs)
  4. PowerPivot for SharePoint
  5. Pivot Tool – based on Silverlight
  6. Bing Data Connector – To show geospatial data
  7. SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services (Report Builder)


Each of them will take it’s own time to allow user to understand the basics. I let my readers to BING or GOOGLE these terminologies and learn it.

But, the above list is what Microsoft concentrates more on currently to let users create the most attractive BI for them.

Enjoy.

VAIDY

Project Crescent – Beyond SSRS Reporting Tool


I must be following SQL Server Reporting Services Team Blog for loads of information and all that “What’s Coming Up?”.

Attending an evening session in Tech-Ed 2011 Middle East, and this is what I got to know which had been in fact announced some months back.

For those, who do not know about this (like me till this moment), this is the information. Project Crescent is a project currently on progress inside MSFT, which targets every kind of user, be it IT Developer or Corporate Power User or a No-Nonsense End-User) to visualize their Business Data; however they want it to be.

More information here: A Glimpse at Project Crescent.

VAIDY