Although I am currently getting my bearings after my move to the US and don’t even own a PC or Laptop that can handle PowerPivot (and is not on a boat in the middle of the atlantic ocean), I still wanted to blog about this great announcement: SQL Azure Reporting was announced!
Microsoft SQL Azure Reporting lets you use the familiar on-premises tools you’re comfortable with to develop and deploy operational reports to the cloud. There’s no need to manage or maintain a separate reporting infrastructure, which leads to the added benefit of lower costs (and less complexity). Your customers can easily access the reports from the Windows SQL Azure portal, through a web browser, or directly from your applications.
It has a lot of the same features as SQL Server 2008 R2 like tablices, charts, maps, gauges, sparklines and even deployment straight out of BIDS. Check out his video as well: Introduction to SQL Azure Reporting
Very cool for creating reports on data from the cloud! Don’t forget to sing up to the CTP here
Complete press release: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/cloud/docs/MSPDCFS.docx