.. and WAQR can finally rest in peace.
The community edition of the Pentaho Bi-Platform just got a whole lot better: On Friday, Marius Giepz released version 1.0 of Saiku-Reporting (SR).
Saiku-Reporting is a adhoc reporting plugin for the BI-Server. SR uses your existing Pentaho Metadata models to produce stylish reports. SR provides you with everything you have would expect from a adhoc tool:
- Drag&Drop Report-Design with What-you-see-is-what-you-get design of your report
- Export to: PDF,CSV,XLS,CDA,PRPT
- Uses PRPT-Templates (bye, bye, WAQR templates!)
- Calculate additional columns with formulas
Creating a report is rather simple. Select your data from the left-hand side of your screen and drag it into the fields for columns, groups or filters. Double-click on the field-names to open a dialog with some more formatting options.
When creating your reports, you have the choice to view your data either as paginated report or as raw-data. The raw-data view comes in handy when you create calculated columns, as you can see the data in the same way the reporting engine actually sees it.
And last but not least: Saiku-Reporting 1.0 is miles ahead of WAQR, so now we can finally bury that zombie for good.
Thank you Marius for that new member of the Pentaho space. And thank for your not naming it CAR (Community Adhoc Reporting). 😀