Create custom reports with your RB data
If you are on RB9, you cannot create custom reports in other applications using your RB data without the Data Reader plug-in. This is due to security issues with directly connecting to RB databases in the cloud. Data Reader solves that problem with a dedicated connection to your RB database in the cloud so you can use your RB information in your own reports or other applications.
DIY reports in 3rd-party applications
If you want to view your RB data in a way that is not already available in RB9, such as a marketing or financial report that is not part of RB9, add Data Reader to give yourself remote access to your data.
With Data Reader, you log into your RB database in the cloud from a third-party application, such as Crystal Reports or Microsoft Access, to run reports or perform other functions with your RB data.
You do not have to install anything on your end to use Data Reader. And like all RB plug-ins, you subscribe to it on a monthly basis and can cancel it at any time.
Use your RB data with:
- IBM Cognos
- Qlik Sense
- and more
Data Reader is a secure way to access your RB database from outside RB9 because:
- Data Reader is read-only data, meaning you cannot write to your RB database from your outside applications or create any objects in SQL Server.
- Only workstations/IP addresses (depending on which Data Reader version you have) that you register with OMTI can access your database.
Data Reader comes in two sizes:
Version for creating custom reports on individual workstations. Good for companies who write reports on up to 3 workstations. Or for companies with remote offices/workers who need to write reports.
Works for only the named workstation( s) you register with OMTI. A license cannot be shared, so if you want to write reports on a desktop computer and your laptop, you will need 2 licenses.
Version for companies that need to have four or more workstations on the same IP address access their database outside RB9.
Allows all workstations in an office to access your RB data. The public IP you specify can access your database. If you want to create custom reports on 4 or more workstations In your office, Data Reader – Per IP will be cheaper.
NOTE: Sensitive information, such as Tax ID and Social Security numbers, are encrypted and will not be usable data outside RB9.
Which version is right for you?
Most companies will probably need Data Reader on only one workstation to generate reports that can then be emailed to everyone who needs to read the report.
If you do require multiple workstations to access your RB data through Data Reader, there are no bandwidth limitations per any plug-in, so there will be no performance issues in relation to how many concurrent connections you make.
If you ever want to switch your Data Reader registration to a different workstation or public IP, ask us and we can process your request within one business day.
NOTE: Data Reader is not available with RB Lite.
TL;DR: Use the Data Reader plug-in to create custom reports with RB9 data in other applications.