Overview of reports

Applies to Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps version 9.x
Applies to Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps version 9.x (on-premises)

Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps includes reports that provide useful business information to the user. These reports are based on SQL Server Reporting Services, and provide the same set of features that are available for the SQL Server Reporting Services reports.

Report ownership

System reports are available to all users. Individuals who own reports can share them with specific colleagues or teams, or can make the reports available to the organization, so that all users can use them.

Report types

Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps supports two types of reports:

  • SQL Server Reporting Services reports. These reports use SQL queries and filtered views to retrieve report data. Filtered views restrict the data to what is available to the security role of the person running the report. All the default reports included with Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps are SQL-based reports.

    You cannot access filtered views in Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps because access to the SQL database is not supported. If you have a Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps subscription, use Fetch-based reports for custom reporting.

  • Fetch-based Reporting Services reports. These reports use FetchXML queries that are proprietary to Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps instead of filtered views to retrieve data for reports. Reports that you create by using the Report Wizard in Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps are Fetch-based reports.

The other reports can be:

  • Links to webpages

  • Static files

  • Dynamic Office Excel files that read data from the Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps database

For each report, you can edit the following properties:

  • File name or URL

  • Display name

  • Description

  • Information about where the report displays in the user interface

Security of data in reports

All reports read Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps data from filtered views that filter the data based on the user's security role. Reports only display data that the person running the report has permission to view.

Reports in solutions

In Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps, reports are solution aware. Adding a report as a component to a solution makes it become a single unit of software that extends Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps functionality and the user interface. Only reports that are organization owned or visible to the organization can be added to solutions.

Note

To find if a report is viewable to the organization: In the list of reports, select a report, and then click or tap Edit. On the Administration tab, see if Viewable By is set to Organization.

You can add, import, or export snapshots of reports as part of a solution. In Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps, reports, sub reports, report category, report display area, and report-related record type are considered as components of a report set. When you import a solution update in non-overwrite mode, any updates by the solution to a report will be ignored if any component of the report set has been customized.

Get started writing reports

Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps uses SQL Server Reporting Services report definition language (RDL) reports to query Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps data and return refined results back to the report user. For more information about RDL, see Report Definition Language (SSRS).

To create or modify existing RDL reports that can be used with Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps, use FetchXML, which is then converted to RDL by using report authoring tools.

If you want, you can use a third-party tool, SQL2FetchXML, to convert your SQL scripts to FetchXML, and then use the FetchXML query in your Fetch-based reports. More information: SQL2FetchXML Help

Options for creating new reports

To create a new report, users with appropriate permissions can:

  • Add a file or a link to a webpage as a report.

  • Run the Report Wizard to create a new Reporting Services report. The Report Wizard can create table and chart reports, including drill-through reports and top N reports.

  • Write a new Fetch-based Reporting Services report. To write custom fetch-based reports, you must install the Report Authoring Extension. More information: Create a new report using SQL Server Data Tools

Options for modifying existing reports

For existing reports, users with appropriate permissions can:

  • Organize reports into categories to control which views in the reports area display for each report.

  • Determine where a report is visible in the user interface, and edit other report properties.

  • Edit a report created with the Report Wizard.

  • Edit a default report. For example, if you customize Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps, you might need to modify labels or add or remove fields in default reports. More information: Report writing environment using SQL Server Data Tools

  • Edit the default filter for a default report, a report created with the Report Wizard, or other Reporting Services reports.

  • Create a one-time snapshot for a Reporting Services report or schedule a Reporting Services report to run at set intervals. Note that the Report Scheduling feature is currently only available with on-premises versions of Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement apps.

  • Share a personal report with other users, or make it available to everyone in your organization.

  • Publish a report so that it is available for use with external applications, such as SharePoint or custom programs.

Note

You can’t use SQL Server Reporting Services Report Builder to author FetchXML reports. The Dynamics 365 Report Authoring Extension for SQL Server Data Tools is used to author FetchXML reports.

See also

Reporting and Analytics Guide

Publish reports