Which Reporting Services course should you choose?

You can see our SSRS courses, manuals, exercises, venues and much more at our SSRS training home page.  This page shows what you might expect to cover on our introductory Reporting Services course.

Currently Wise Owl SSRS courses run in SQL Server 2012, which is almost identical to 2008 R2 from the point of view of Reporting Services.

Creating tables

On the introduction course you'll first learn how to create tabular reports:

A simple table

A simple table, listing directors of films.


Grouping tables

The introductory course then shows how to create grouped reports, including using outlining:

Grouping report

A report showing films by country, with toggle items for the country name.



The introductory course then shows how to create expressions or formulae in SSRS:

Report with expressions and page header/footer

The difference is a calculated field, and the page header and footer include expressions.


One particularly nice feature shown on the introductory course is the ability to use the render format to show a report as an Excel workbook of separate named worksheets, with one sheet per group (for example, you could have each director's films on a separate worksheet within the same workbook).


The introductory course shows how to create parameters (including dropdowns):

A linked dropdown report

In this report you can choose any combination of directors using the multivalue dropdown, then choose a film and see its cast list.

Our advanced SSRS course shows how to create multi-value dropdowns based on stored procedures.


Our introductory course covers creating indicators:

Indicators in a report

Indicators are cool! Here they show the relative length of different films.



The introduction to SSRS course also shows how to create the all-powerful gauges:

Example of gauges report

The same information, but this time using a radial gauge to show the length of each film.



The introduction course shows how to create matrices (aka pivot tables):

Matrix example

A matrix showing the mean lengths of films by country and certificate.


Lists in SSRS are cousins of tables and matrices, and are covered on most introduction courses:

List report

This list shows a table of the films made by each director, and also a chart.



Subreports allow you to show parents and children together, and are included at the end of most introduction courses:

A subreport

The subreport shows the films made by each director.


Advanced SSRS training

Our two-day advanced Reporting Services course covers:

  • how to use stored procedures for reports (particularly for dropdown parameters)
  • using variables in reports
  • how to create custom assemblies and use these in your reports
  • using bookmarks and document maps
  • creating dynamic reports

As one example to whet your appetite, here's a dynamic chart:

Dynamic chart

You can choose what you want to chart using a dropdown! Here we're comparing the length of films by country.


You can see details of our two standard SSRS courses as follows:

Or ask us about onsite SSRS training, or our SSRS report development service.

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