This latest dynamics Ax version uses SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) as the primary platform for reporting. Developing in SSRS is much faster than X++ making custom reports easier to implement.
In addition to the use of SQL Server tools, there is an integration of the report development environment with Visual Studio 2010 making report development a lot more simple and straight-forward.
Most of the out-of-the-box reports are converted to SSRS platform.
There are two ways to design SSRS reports in AX.
- Precision Design: created using SQL Report Designer when a precise layout is required.
- Auto Design: automatically generated with the help of drag and drop action and selecting elements by using Model Editor.
AX 2012 also comes with the drillthrough reporting. This is a popular feature helps developers to link general reports to more specific ones and help the end users find insightful data.