Creating a SharePoint Lists Report Using Crystal Reports with Web Services
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Published: 22 Aug 2006
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In this article Eric shows how to create a Crystal Report based on a Sharepoint List using web services.
by Eric Landes
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SharePoint Windows SharePoint Service (WSS) has become well known in the corporate world.  Many corporations are putting lots of data in department SharePoint sites.  Some companies even use it as a basis for their custom applications.  Utilizing web parts and the SharePoint lists, one could create a mission critical application within the framework of SharePoint, utilizing the benefits of SharePoint's document management.

SharePoint Lists come with some standard list reports in the SharePoint site.  Many times, these simple reports cannot do the job needed for enterprise level applications.  To do more complex reports from SharePoint, there is more than one way to get this data.  Taking data from the lists and putting them into a data warehouse is one option.  By taking the data and massaging it into a data warehouse, you have more business intelligence options for reporting.  However, none of the data is real time.

Another option is to create reports directly from the data source using SharePoint's web service API's.  You can use the MSDN library to reference the different web service methods.  This option has the advantage of being real time.  This is the option we will be utilizing for this article

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