We created OLAP cubes and mining models, and we used MDX and DMX queries to extract data from these items. However, unlike the power user in our last Learn By Doing exercise, most users will not want to jump into the Business Intelligence Development Studio or the SQL Server Management Studio and start cranking out queries. Most users want the data delivered to them in a polished, prepackaged format that is easy to understand and easy to use.
Fortunately, SQL Server 2005 has just the tool for the job: Reporting Services. We cover Reporting Services next, in Chapter 15.