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Microsoft Sql Server Reporting Services ( SSRS ) is mostly pretty good. The report designer is ok, the flexibility you get with web services and the ASP.NET ReportViewer component is pretty good. If you're already running Sql Server then SSRS pretty much comes for free. One aspect of SSRS that isn't too good however, is the default interface for running the reports. Officially known as 'Report Manager', but more commonly known as 'that thing you run reports with', it has a lot of shortcomings. It was designed in the pre-ajax days, so although it does the job, it can be pretty clunky. It particularly struggles with reports that have lots of parameters, or reports that have multi-picks with a large number of options. Given that SSRS is quite openly designed - most of the services are exposed through web services, and the ReportViewer component can be used to embed SSRS reports in applications - I would have thought there would be some good competitors to