Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services 2012, 2014 & 2016
In this module you will get a birds eye view of the capabilities of Reporting Services, as an introduction into the next
modules which dive deeper in each aspect of Reporting Services.
- Overview of Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services
- Tour of Reporting Services 2012, 2014 & 2016
- Overview of Reporting Services architecture
Authoring Basic Reports
A basic Reporting Services report consists of a data source, a data set and one or more visualizations. This module shows
you how to build such a basic report with the wizard as well as with the SQL Server Data Tools report designer.
- Creating a basic table report
- Formatting report pages
- Calculating values
Manipulating Data Sets
You can control the queries which are used to load the data in your reports. This can be used amongst others to create parameterized
reports. In this module you will learn two different ways to add parameters to your report, create dependant parameters
- Defining report data
- Using parameters and filters
- Using parameter lists
Often users want to interact with a report, e.g. drill down in more detailed data, link one report to another, sort data
interactively or create a table of content. All these kinds of features are discussed in this module on report enhancements.
- Interactive navigation
- Displaying data
- Multi-select parameters
- Interactive column sorting
- Floating headers
Advanced Report Components
Our brain is still wired to recognize trends in data more rapidly from a graphical representation than from an endless list
of numbers. That's why charts, maps and other data visualizations are so popular. But in this module you will learn
that we can even combine text and charts in a single table or matrix!
- Advanced charting and sparklines
- Plotting data on maps
- Visualizing KPIs
Report On OLAP Data
Cubes or OLAP databases such as Analysis Services often make it easier and deliver better performance when running typical
business intelligence queries compared to relational databases. That's why Reporting Services supports OLAP databases,
both from Microsoft as well as other vendors. In this module you will see the special functionality offered by Reporting
Services on top of these OLAP databases.
- Brief introduction into OLAP and MDX
- Running Analysis Services based reports
- Using the OLAP query builder
Mobile And KPI Reports
With the acquisition of DataZen Microsoft added support for mobile reports to their product. In this module you learn to
build reports which adjust to a smaller form factor when running on a tablet or smartphone.
- Building reports for multiple devices
- Building multi-device designs
- Visualizing KPIs directly in the portal
After a report has been created and tested in SQL Server Data Tools it's time to deploy the reports to the server. But once
it's deployed, their are still many report properties that can be configured on the server. This module shows you
the different options.
- Publishing content
- Executing reports
- Creating cached instances
- Creating snapshots and report history
- Creating report subscriptions
Administering Reporting Services
As with so many application servers, also Reporting Services requires the server to be configured, backed up, secured etc.
- Server administration
- Performance and reliability monitoring
- Database administration
- Security administration
Programming Reporting Services
Programming against Reporting Services can be done in two ways: Either we embed Reporting Services in another application
(as a wrapper around SSRS), or we write code that runs within Reporting services. Both of these options are explained
in this module.
- Querying server information
- Automating report management
- Rendering reports
- Creating custom code
Reporting Services can be used not only by BI developers who feel at home in Visual Studio, it is also a tool that can be
used by less technical business users. To assist them, the Report Builder tool can be used to modify existing reports
or create new reports. Furthermore, shared data sets and report parts make it possible for more technical users to
create building blocks that can then be used by others to create their reports.
- Report Builder 2.0 and Report Builder 3.0
- Creating and configuring shared data sets
- Developing shared report parts
- Building reports with shared data sets and report parts
Branding Reporting Services
Unfortunately Reporting Services does not have traditional CSS files to easily control the look and feel of the portal and
reports. But in this module you will learn about the options available to do some branding on SSRS.
- The new branding functionality
- A closer look at the default branding
- Creating your own design
- Uploading and activating your branding