Knowledgebase: RadarBI
What’s RadarBI
Posted by Vladimir Lyutetsky on 28 April 2010 08:41 PM

This article concerns RadarBI - our new innovative end BI solution. It describes the most interesting features of the product very shortly, so that the reader does not need to read a huge description, but still can get the main idea as to what RadarBI is.

RadarBI is based on the WPF platform and Silverlight 4. This pack is implemented as a versatile report builder of any complexity, from the usual linear ones to ad-hoc and OLAP reports. The interactivity level of these reports is defined on designing the report's pattern. Thus, in the simplest case, the user gets an unchangeable linear report, while in the more complicated cases he gets a self-updating report with an option of building tables, diagrams, and OLAP- cubes and the option of setting up any kind of relations between them.

The report, created in the editor, is saved into a file and may be later sent to another user or viewed with either the WPF-browser or a usual WEB-browser, if so it is visualized as a Silverlight application.

The report editor is a WPF application for creating and editing report files. Implemented in the standard hierarchical model of objects (report-workbench-band-widget) typical for the classical report generators, this report editor has its unique features: it uses floating page formatting that allows you to optimize the appearance of the report to view it in the browser. Almost anything you like may become elements (widgets) of your report: a formatted text, geometric figures, tables with editing functions, sorting, grouping and filtering, images, video- and multimedia-files, embedded web-content, YouTube videos, Google Maps and Bing Maps, RRS-channels, Twitter microblogs, pages from Facebook, charts, gauges, comments, and, of course, OLAP-controls. And that's not all - the editor architecture is made open for adding your own widgets.

There are the in-built patterns at the service of the report designers that implement the most common types of relations between data: dashboards with drilling to the sub-report, master-details, KPI, alerts, group filtering, etc.

All this along with the hierarchical structure of the reports and the advanced macros editor, where you can write report and widget event handlers in C# and Visual Basic, using to the full extent such powerful platforms as NET Framework 4 and Silverlight 4, allows you to create virtually universal reports.

Moreover, you'll be able to edit your reports. Even tables and OLAP-widgets can be edited!

A must-have feature of RadarSoft reports - the option to track data updates. For the offline reports data may be embedded directly into a report file. For the online ones there is a mechanism for data update on opening the report, as well as on the fly update during the working process.

The OLAP-controls used in RadarBI are worth to be paid more attention. Neither WPF- nor Silverlight versions of RadarCube need any additional promotion - on the contrary, they are themselves a promotion for any product that contains them. These industry leading controls with the full range of OLAP-analysis options on the market are at your service.

RadarBI Viewer, which can view the reports, is a freely distributed product! That means you can create reports in RadarBI Designer and then sell them to your business partners or clients with NO ROYALTY!

The conclusion is simple: by installing RadarBI you get an up-to-date high-tech product that meets the most demanding requirements for an advanced BI-application and will give your users a new deep insight into their business information.

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