zenon Analyzer – Viewing reports on mobile devices. Part 1: iPad or iPhone (iOS 6 and newer)

Mobile devices such as tablets or smart phones are becoming more and more important. They have an integrated web browser, although these browsers sometimes offer restricted functionality. This blog entry series will show you, which mobile devices cooperate with zenon Analyzer and which restrictions exist.

Starting with the SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1), Reporting Services support viewing and basic interactivity with Apple IOS 6 and Safari browser.

Unfortunately some of the Analyzer Manager functionality (http://<computername>/Reports_ZA2) is not supported, so you cannot use the Analyzer Manager to view reports. Instead, you can directly contact the Report Server by entering the Web Service URL (http://<computername>/ReportServer_ZA2).

The picture you see looks like this:

zenonAnalyzer_MobileDevices

In this web page you can browse the folders and open some reports, but again there are some restrictions:

As we modified the existing filters in the Analyzer Manager (e.g. the Date/Time filter) and developed some new filters (e.g. Equipment model), you can use these filters with full functionality, but only reduced usability and less advanced graphical representation. Only the look & feel of the filters provided by the reporting services is available.

zenonAnalyzer_MobileDevices_Example
In this example you can see 2 filters which are different to our standard:

  • The time span filter is only a text-box. The filter conditions must be entered in text format
  • The Equipment group filter is a flat list. You cannot see the structure of the equipment model(s).

Reports from e-mail:

From an e-mail that is created by a subscription, tap the URL of the report. The report will open in the browser.

Browser settings:

Ensure that the “Private Browsing” property for Safari is turned off.

Exporting a Report:

Exports as a TIFF or PDF file is possible.

Conclusion

The reports work, but are different to operate. The results shown on the screen are equal to the reports shown in Internet Explorer 11 for example. As the Analyzer cannot check for a valid license it must be guaranteed that the user is licensed correctly in the ZAMS.

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