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I've been given the task of recreating a word document into a report.  The document is a closeout report that is made at the end of a contract/project.  Much of the information is stored in our database but some of it would be entered manually from Project Managers or other staff near/at the end of the contract.  

We are using SharePoint 2010 Foundation, MS SQL 2008 R2 and Office 2010.

Here is example of first page:
Example of closure reportIt has a mix of data, some are currently not being housed in our database.  We can create custom tables/fields to store this information in our current system or we can create a new database tailored for us specifically (where our old one was developed for our time entry/project management software) or we can save the information in lists or Access (though I'm not keen on the last one).  We want to encourage our staff to utilize SharePoint so I think a list would be best.  

What would be the best way to set this up?  I can call and display reports I've developed in SSRS but there is no way for those reports to produce textboxes or input controls for users to input information and the report to store it.  I thought about making parts of the document in smaller reports and having them display in web parts that way I can put input controls in web parts between, making it look like one report when its a collection of smaller parts.  Not sure how efficient that would be.  We have InfoPath but SharePoint Foundation doesn't let us use InfoPath for online forms, which sucks.  I'd prefer to have the report displayed within SharePoint and have parts of it editable rather than have a link go to another page entirely to update information.  Actually I'd love to create the page in Dreamweaver and have it pull data and populate fields, as that is what I'm used to, but sadly that isn't an option.

Can anyone please offer up some ideas of how to approach this?  
It would be greatly appreciated!!!
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You could create an InfoPath form which could consolidate the data sources and save the info to SP, but not sure you have that.

otherwise I would create a list for the data not in SQL and then have a separate report that consolidates it all into the final report.

not sure with foundation if you have InfoPath to edit the list entry form but if so you could also have it query and display the SQL data too and maybe get what you want.
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We have InfoPath but integration with SP is not available for Foundation :(
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You can still use InfoPath in several ways.

create a form which integrates with SQL and collects the rest. Then save the form to a library and promote the fields.

end result is about the same.
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We have a Safari account and access to this book http://my.safaribooksonline.com/book/operating-systems-and-server-administration/microsoft-sharepoint/9780735647862 so maybe that will help but we don't have a sandbox environment so I'm hesitant to experiment too much.  It has a chapter on InfoPath.  I've thought about installing SharePoint on a float laptop we have at work but it won't access our server so I'm not sure if it will be an effective learning tool.
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Implementing InfoPath for another project so I'll try it for this one as well.  Thanks for the assist!  Didn't think InfoPath would work but all our Office versions include InfoPath so I can use it with Foundation.
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