The ESD .NET 2.0
utilizes the Microsoft Reporting Services component which is part of
SQL Server 2005. Reporting Services is a robust reporting engine and
report writer that ESD .NET has leveraged to develop the reports
required to efficiently operate a school district. Reporting
Services can also be used as the district’s custom report writer.
The product is easy to use and is connected directly to the database
for quick report generation.
User Driven Reporting (UDR) is a unique tool allowing
all district stakeholders – administrators, principals, counselors,
teachers, and even the Superintendent – to easily access data for
decision-making purposes. The application does not rely on third
party tools like Crystal Reports or Cognos to generate queries to
the system. However, ESD .NET does integrate and support these
products, if desired by the district. UDR is an easy to use query
tool where the data is renamed using plain and simple English terms.
In an easy point-and-click environment, UDR allows novice computer
users to access the data and create reports. UDR dynamically builds
the required SQL commands based on the data elements selected,
thereby making all data easily accessible for querying and analysis.
Reports are spread across modules and range from
simple list types to more complicated processing-driven reports,
such as transcripts, grade mailers, and attendance reports. All
reports are accessible from within the application and accessible
based on user security. Standard reports allow for data to be
exported into common formats such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PDF
formats. Users select reports from a list describing each report and
set the parameters and filter criteria for the report. The report is
then generated allowing users to view or print it from their screen.