Scheduling Engines (server-based)

Friday 30 April 2010 @ 8:40 am

I have divided the dozen or so scheduling tools into two groups – desktop and server. Most people who need to schedule reports will be fine using a desktop scheduler, even if they have to deliver reports to many recipients.  You can read my previous blog post for a comparison of desktop schedulers. But in some environments there will be many people scheduling reports and in those cases it might make sense to upgrade to a server-based scheduler.  This post will compare the server-based scheduling tools and should help narrow down your search.  So below is a brief introduction to each product and a link to the vendor’s website.

I have also created a detailed feature matrix (PDF) that compares roughly 70 characteristics. It includes prices and the install base of each product. And with so many complex features I decided to also write a feature glossary to define some of the key features so the comparisons were clearer. What has emerged is a short course in Crystal Reports scheduling technology. If you have any feedback on the features listed or their definitions please let me know. Furthermore, if you have already tried one of these products, or are currently using one, I would love to ask you a few questions, on or off the record.  See the full article here.

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