Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is an enterprise reporting platform supporting traditional paper-based reports and interactive reports delivered over the Web or through custom applications. SSRS is data-source independent. Multidimensional sources and hierarchical sources of reports can also be used.
The Report Server Service, which is the server-side component, hosts reports in a variety of formats, including Microsoft Excel Worksheets and Portable Document Format (PDF) files. The server component is managed through a Web services infrastructure accessible using Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP).