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Recommended free (or inexpensive) web-based online report tool?

I need a free or inexpensive reporting tool. Suggestions? Ideas? Thoughts? Recomendations? Caveats?

I have used Crystal Reports (desktop) over the years, and now have a need for web-based, online reporting tool. Crystal reports web version is ridiculously expensive, and nothing like that will be considered. This project will evolve, so I do not really know at the outset just exactly what reports I'll need to generate - but I would guess that I could live with the functionality of a basic reporting tool to save money.

There is an application called "LogiReport" (http://www.freereporting.com/product/benefits.html) that looks interesting and it is free, but could not find out much in the way of reviews. Also, the database will reside on a shared server at a professional hosting company (CrystalTech) and they will not install an executable, but may be willing to install DLL files.

Your help will be appreciated!

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Dennis
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Thanks for the reply, Sammy.

One of these days I'll give mySQL another try, but for now I'll stick with MS SQL Server. Do I have access to sql server reporting services if I have not purchased SQL Server? (Owned by and hosted by the hosting company.) I know I can download the Management Console for free, but not sure about the reporting tools.

Interesting. Surprised I didn't pay any attention to it before:
http://www.erpsoftwareblog.com/2010/02/crystal-reports-vs-sql-server-reporting-services-clash-of-the-microsoft-dynamics-gp-reporting-titans/

It would be cool if I could find someone who has used LogiReport (if 1/10 of the people that have downloaded it are using it, there should be a few around) to compare to.

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MS SQL Server comes but a an editing tool called Business Objects (Visual Studio).
So, to answer your question, please contact the hosting company and let them know you are insterested in using SSRS for serving up reports to the browser and see what they say.

I can't answer that question. I do know that you are not going to be able to use ssrs without having a sql server license but since you are already paying for it (you are getting sql server db as db of choice from your hosting company) they might make it available.

Again, please confirm with me.

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Sammy, I sent a message to the hosting company, and will let you know what I find out.

Tolomir, thanks for several options! checking them out...

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This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See my comment at the end of the question for more details.