Thoughts on the AX Technical Conference and A Preview of SSRS Report Development in Dynamics AX 2012


My team had a great time preparing for and presenting at the AX Technical Conference 2011. Direct interaction with our Partners and Customers is something we truly enjoy.

A couple of things stood out for us based on observation and direct feedback:

  • Great positive energy from the attendees. Our direction resonated with a lot of people.
  • It was clear to everyone now that we are serious about the move to SSRS – As of today there are only 2 MorphX reports left in the product. And that number will go to zero by RTM.
  • We dispelled the notion that complex SSRS cannot handle complex report layout needs. We spent an extensive walkthrough of the very complex SalesInvoice report implemented in SSRS.
  • Naturally we had questions about the removal of MorphX reporting framework and whether it is still supported in AX2012. The quick summary is that the MorphX reporting framework is still in AX2012. However, it hasn’t been significantly improved since AX 2009. We decided to keep it in the product to only make it easier for customers and to migrate custom MorphX reports to SSRS. Please make no mistake – SSRS is THE reporting platform for AX 2012 and it will be far easier to develop SSRS reports in AX2012 than continuing to use MorhpX reporting. 

As a final note, the team encourages you to watch this quick video of SSRS report development in AX 2012 (see below). It will give you an idea of some of the amazing work that has gone into this release.

-Saveen


Comments (3)

  1. Morpheus says:

    Hello Saveen,

    congratulations, your team did great job!

    AX has exellent lookup feature. It allows quickly specify value for parameters in the MorphX report dialog. And it doesn`t work for the SSRS one. I wonder was this issue fixed in AX 2012?

    Thanks in advance!

  2. AXDude says:

    I'm curious if  there are negative performance ramifications to the implementation of reporting in AX 2012. I typically try to have reports pull from a replicated AX database or OLAP Cubes.  

  3. Saveen Reddy says:

    @Morpheus - SSRS reports in AX6 only use the MorphX UI for parameters so it is likely this issue should be addressed. However if you can send more detail about which UI you are talking about to the DAXBIFeedback@microsoft.com alias the team may be able to provide a more specific answer.

    @AXDude - Going through AX does has a performance impact rather than going to the SQL database directly. However, this has to be weighed against one of primary benefits of doing so - Security, integration with AX metadata, knowledge of new AX 2012 platform concepts. However, if you don't need to capabilities and are comfortable with using a replicated database or a cube then , by all means, it is a valid strategy

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