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Report Builder training course

Live online training course - classroom version also available

£595 + VAT (where applicable)

Two days (09:30 to 16:30 UK time each day)

On this two-day course, you'll learn how to create reports in Report Builder, including:

  • Linking to your SQL Server database to show data in tables
  • Grouping tables (including setting titles to expand/collapse)
  • Using the expression builder to add columns to tables, and to apply conditional formatting
  • Creating dropdown parameters for filtering what to show in your reports
  • Adding special effects such as indicators and gauges
  • Creating charts and matrices (think pivot tables) in reports

Report Builder is almost identical to SQL Server Reporting Services (you can see the differences here).  As this link shows, in an ideal world you're probably better off learning SSRS, but many companies only allow staff to create reports using the standalone Report Builder application.

Course schedule

Here are our next few online Report Builder course dates:

Dates Times Price (excl. VAT)
03-04 Dec 10:00-16:30 £595 Book
04-05 Mar 09:30-16:30 £595 Book
08-09 Jun 09:30-16:30 £595 Book
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Got a handful of like-minded people in your organisation? You could consider creating your own customised online course to run on a date convenient to you).

Course Contents

The contents of this course are as follows:

Data sources and datasets

  • Data sources
  • Datasets
  • Using query designer

Tables

  • Creating tables
  • Interactive sorting
  • Floating headers

Grouping

  • Inserting groups
  • Group headers/footers
  • Displaying group totals
  • Expanding and collapsing

Expressions

  • The expression builder
  • The ReportItems collection
  • Built-in fields
  • Conditional formatting expressions

Page set-up

  • Page headers and footers
  • Page names and numbers

Exporting reports

  • The various report formats
  • Using RenderFormat.Name

Parameters

  • Creating parameters
  • Filtering using parameters
  • Drop list parameters
  • Coping with empty tables

Matrices

  • Row and column groups
  • Sorting and filtering matrices
  • Creating subtotals

Charts

  • Creating charts
  • The parts of a chart
  • Formatting charts

Basic reports

  • Text boxes and images
  • Selecting report items
  • Formatting parts of a report

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Miniature charts

  • Creating sparklines
  • Creating data bars

Graphical indicators

  • Creating and customising indicators
  • Linear and radial gauges

Lists

  • Page-per-record lists
  • Dashboard lists
  • Other list ideas

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Subreports

  • Creating a child report
  • Creating the main report
  • Linking the two reports

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Drill-through reports

  • Parent and child reports
  • Creating actions
  • Passing values to a child report

The SSRS web portal

  • Browsing to the web portal
  • Viewing reports
  • Managing reports

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KPIs and mobile reports

  • Creating a KPI
  • Installing mobile report publisher
  • Creating a mobile report

You can download a PDF file giving the course contents.

Benefits of our online training

Here are some reasons to choose Wise Owl online courses:

  • Maximum of 5 people per class
  • Excellent colour courseware manual posted to you in advance
  • Pre-course set-up included in the days before the course
  • No need to install any software on your computer
  • All courses given by one of our 7 full-time Wise Owl trainers

What other people have said

Many thanks to those listed below for kindly agreeing to let us use their names. All of the reviews are from the last 3 calendar years (although some may be for classroom courses):

"Great content, well delivered."

Damian Clegg (Cargill plc)

"Very good - covers a lot of areas in detail but also efficiently."

Flora Mclean (Refuge)

"Large amount of useful content."

Morgan Howard (SCC DS (incl M2 Digital))

"The course was great, I learnt loads and it was exactly at the right level."

Julie Clements (Liverpool Mutual Homes)

"Fantastic course, excellent content."

Niklas Eriksson (John Deere)

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How our live online training courses work

We've published a full summary of what it's like to attend a Wise Owl course online - here are the main things you need to know.

What you'll need

You'll need three things for the course:

  1. A computer (obviously) running Windows.
  2. A good internet connection.
  3. A microphone and (ideally) webcam.

In addition you'll find the course very difficult without an additional monitor (so that you can participate in the course on one screen, and use the software you're learning on the other).

What will happen when you book a place

Within a few hours of your booking a place on one of our online courses, we'll be in touch to get you set up correctly.  This usually takes about half an hour, and can be done at any mutually convenient date/time.

A few days before your course begins you'll receive a parcel in the post (free for UK bookings) containing:

  • A full colour courseware manual;
  • An exercise booklet to go with the course; and
  • A USB stick containing the files for the course, should you need a back-up.

Your parcel will even include a Wise Owl Sheaffer biro (they're good; trust us) and pad.

What you won't need

You won't need to install any software at all on your computer.  This is because:

  • you'll use Windows Remote Desktop to connect to our computers, and these will have all of the necessary files and software installed; and
  • we use Teams for our online training, which you can run through most modern browsers.
On and after the course

On the day of the course itself you will be able to join the course up to half an hour before it begins. This will give you time to:

  • familiarise yourself with the set-up;
  • meet your trainer; and
  • get to know the other delegates!

After the course finishes you'll receive an electronic certificate proving your attendance (we will gladly send a paper copy on request also).

You can see full details of exactly how our online courses work here.