Keeping Web Reporter on a separate system to be used for historical reasons is probably the best option available since there is no migration path available.
I'd try and convince my users to stay on WebReporter Premium. they will end-up losing some flexibility in the reports when using CSR.
If I am not mistaken, Web reporter will eventually be replaced by CSR (probably not very soon but still). In your opinion, what does Web Reporter offer that is superior to CSR? I am only asking because I really like the ePO interface and ease of reporting, and can't say the same for Web Reporter. Maybe you could convince me otherwise
The largest difference is that CSR cannot connect to active directory and pull the user's real-names or group membership. So group based reporting is not possible with CSR yet. In my experience, that has been the biggest deciding factor.
But I agree regarding the CSR usability. The dashboard view and being able to pivit on the data is much more modern than Web Reporter's quick view. And it's hard to beat free. Web Reporter Premium has a cost associated.
Either way, this is a personal or business choice. They are different, but similar, products. You just need to weight where your priorities are.
One big difference is what sroering mentioned concerning AD information that cannot be pulled.
There is also the fact that CSR will not give you the flexibility of creating summary reports that contain more than 2 columns grouped together. Yes, the detailed data is available in drill-down tables, but to give you an example, I used to create a summary report showing:
Username / Site / Category / Bytes transfered
This is not possible in CSR, you can only chose 2 out of the 3 between Username/Site/Category to show bytes transfered by using the "MultiGroup Summary table" or "Grouped Bar Chart". If you want to see this information, you need to drill-down in the tables in the report and it will show the information for 1 user at a time.
Yes the integration in ePO and the possibility of pivotting the data is usefull sometimes.
The main reason for us to switch over to CSR was that it was now a central reporting tool for both MWG and MEG.
Yes, WebReporter will eventually be completely replaced by CSR and FREE is hard to beat when you talk to the bookkkeeper, I just find it too bad to have lost some of the functionality.