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Windows Azure SQL Reporting what’s missing?

I’m going to use the theme of an earlier post (Windows Azure SQL Database what’s missing?) and ask the same question on another service offered on Windows Azure. The reason I chose these offerings specifically is because I really like them as a developer. Not having to deal with configuring infrastructure and being able to provision these services quickly is a great feature. When I hear other people talk about Windows Azure at events and in the community these offerings aren’t widely talked about. Which is another reason I’m asking specifically about these offerings.

I understand everyone has different opinions, below are a few features I would like to see in SQL Reporting. I understand there is different considerations (performance, security, etc.) to make these features available.

  1. Additional data sources is a highly needed feature. I would like to be able to connect to on-premises database or web services to get the data I need to build reports. Even allowing data sources from the Windows Azure Store.
  2. Active Directory Integration would be a great addition. Windows Azure already supports AD in several ways why not allow it to integrated with other services like SQL Reporting and SQL Database.
  3. Subscription and scheduling functions is a must as well.

Again I invite you to add your suggestions/needs to the list.
By the way, if you need a Windows Azure subscription, here is the link for a free trial.

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Ryan Duclos

Ryan Duclos is a Lead Technical Consultant and CSM for Perficient, Inc. (PRFT), where he is passionate about Microsoft development utilizing the .Net Framework, SQL Server, and Microsoft Azure technologies. Ryan was a 2014 Microsoft MVP for Microsoft Azure. He lives and works in LA (Lower Alabama!) and loves spending time with his family, as well as being a Community Influencer for Microsoft. Ryan also a passion for Disc Golf and CrossFit! Ryan is a board member for the Lower Alabama .NET User Group and is also involved with the Pensacola SQL Server User Group, as well as other technical communities in his region. In addition, Ryan is a frequent speaker at numerous Code Camps, SQL Saturday & User Group events.

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