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I recently presented to a Dynamics GP user group on SSRS. It was a very interactive session with lots of questions. (Which was great. I hate when people just sit and nod.) One particular discussion was about the merits of delivering data in Excel vs. PDF. Some folks thought PDFs were more secure because people couldn’t manipulate the data as they can with Excel. Others said their users wanted data in Excel and, therefore, they got it in Excel. From my perspective, there’s no difference. Why? Because any well-formatted PDF can be turned into Excel in about two minutes using Adobe’s own tool. For example, let’s take the PDF below. It was created by SSRS over the Microsoft AdventureWorks database. Can I turn this PDF into an Excel document? Well, if I cut and paste; I get strange results. But with Adobe’s Export PDF service, which they push right in Adobe Reader, I...

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First, Red has nothing to do with my hair color. Some of you are of course nodding and saying that given that it's going gray and mostly not there, that's a good thing. Seriously, the red piece goes back to my last job. Until March of 2000, I was the junior partner in a company called United Systems Consultants. That company, along with 8 others, was purchased by netASPx in March of 2000. At netASPx (pronounced net aspects), I essentially fixed problems for the CEO, John Whiteside. I think the title was Director of Strategic Projects. John referred to me as Red Adair. I didn't know who Red Adair was. Turns out, he was an oil well firefighter as well as the subject of a John Wayne movie. That gives you an idea of the kind of projects I had. As for three, I've worked on a wide variety of projects in...