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Advanced SSRS Training Course

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

This course is available in the following formats (all prices exclude VAT):

Classroom (London)
£1,450
Classroom (Manchester)
£1,095
Onsite (your office)
Please ask
Online (your home)
£950
You can book a place on this course either online through this website, by phone, by email or by filling in our enquiry form.

The ideal preparation for this course is to attend our two-day Reporting Services course. We will accept other delegates, but you must have a good understanding of how to create reports in SSRS. Delegates must also know some SQL. This course is taught using SQL Server 2016, although the version isn't particularly important.

Course schedule

We don't have any dates scheduled for this online course. We may consider adding more dates - it's always worth asking.

Alternatively, if you have a handful of like-minded people in your organisation, you could consider booking your own customised onsite course, whereby you get to pick the dates and venue!

Course Contents - PDF

Advanced SSRS training course contents

If you can already create reports using either Report Builder or Reporting Services, we'd like to show you what else SSRS can do! This two-day advanced course will show you how to create and use variables; why and how you should base your reports on views and stored procedures; and how to use bookmarks, document maps and dynamic reports.  If you're getting a group of people up to speed on SSRS from scratch, combining this and our two-day Introduction to SSRS course together makes for a nice three-day onsite course.

The contents of this course are as follows:

Revision of grouping

  • Creating grouped tables
  • Fixing page headers
  • Collapsing and expanding

Revision of expressions

  • Calculated fields
  • Using the expression builder
  • Conditional formatting

Advanced expressions

  • Understanding scope
  • Using RowNumber
  • Running totals

Variables

  • How variables work
  • Report variables
  • Group variables

Embedding code

  • Setting code for a report
  • Calling functions in expressions
  • Better ways to write code

Using SQL views

  • Why views are a good idea
  • Designing views
  • Scripting views
  • Creating virtual tables

Revision of parameters

  • Configuring parameters
  • Referencing parameters
  • Dealing with no rows
  • Default and null values
  • Dropdown parameters

Stored procedures in SSRS

  • Pros and cons of stored procedures
  • Server Explorer vs SSMS
  • Creating and editing procedures
  • Using for reports

Stored procedure parameters

  • Creating report parameters
  • Refreshing fields
  • Default and null values

Dropdowns with procedures

  • The stored procedures needed
  • Cascading dropdowns
  • Replacing SELECT A VALUE

Multivalue parameter procedures

  • Splitting the choices made in SQL
  • Displaying the chosen data
  • Restricting the number of choices

Improving report navigation

  • Document maps
  • Using bookmarks
  • Setting tooltips

Dynamic reports

  • Dynamic datasets
  • Dynamic grouping
  • Dynamic matrices
Please see further up this page for what you should know beforehand (if anything) in order to attend this course.

Why Choose Us?

Here are some reasons to choose Wise Owl courses:

In addition, here are some benefits unique to classroom training:

And some benefits specific to online training:

  • Courseware manual posted to you in advance
  • Free half-hour pre-course check-up included
  • Our clever system means you can use our laptops (and we can see them)

What other people have said

Our thanks to everyone who agreed to share their thoughts. All of the following reviews are from the last 3 calendar years:

"Excellent training structured nicely to keep everyone engaged. Our trainer's delivery was excellent and would recommend to others."

Matthew Terry (Galliford Try Environmental / ESD)

"A big thank you for the whole experience - to the trainer but also for the administration & checks ahead of time. It all felt very organised, friendly & professional! Being a live online class & using remote desktops, worked really well (much better than I anticipated) - the trainer could keep check on our progress & could quickly identify when we needed a little more guidance. I like Wise Owl's training style (works for me) and running small size classes is hugely beneficial (in this instance there was only the 2 of us!). Having the offer of post course support with question + all your other resources available via YouTube etc., feels like a "warm" training relationship, rather than a "cold" one off 2 day training transaction. Thanks again!"

Faye Cowley (The Outward Bound Trust)

"The course provided was of a very high standard. Thorough examples were given and time allowed for us to learn via the exercises. I would highly recommend the course."

Pete Woolley (Knight Frank)

"An amazing trainer. The online set up and structure of the course worked really well. I learned a lot, thank you!"

Kate Hutchinson (Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC))

"The course was delivered in a clear, concise fashion with the trainer stopping to ensure everyone was following while also taking multiple questions throughout. He was able to answer all the participants questions and give useful tips and tricks. Following the session the participants have all given me glowing feedback and we will definitely look into rolling this out to a wider audience."

Matthew Thompson (PricewaterhouseCoopers)

There are lots more where these came from (or just refresh this page to change the quotes shown).

How our training courses work

Below are some notes on how Wise Owl courses work, to help you decide whether they're for you or not.

What you'll need

If you book on a classroom course, the only thing you need to bring to the course is ... yourself! We even provide a notepad and a suprisingly nice pen for you to take notes with.

For online training you'll need two things:

  1. A good internet connection (otherwise you'll have a frustrating time); and
  2. A second screen (a requirement, not a nice-to-have!)

You can see full details of our online course requirements here.

When you book a place

If you book a place on one of our courses:

  • For classroom courses we will send out a joining email. That's it!
  • For online courses we will get in touch to organise a half-hour pre-course check to iron out any connection problems before the course (rather than during it).

Whatever type of course you book, we will also send you out a reminder a few days before the course is due to take place - not that (we hope) you'll have forgotten!

What you won't need

For classroom training, you won't need a computer - we (obviously) will provide that. However, you're welcome to use your own laptop if you prefer, providing that you have the correct software installed.

For online training you will need a computer, but you won't need to have any software installed.  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.

The start of the course

For online courses you will be able to join up to half an hour before the course begins. This will give you time to:

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

For classroom training it's always nice if people arrive a bit early too, to give people time to meet each other (and drink coffee).

You'll be given a full colour courseware manual, an exercise booklet to go with the course and a USB stick for taking course files away (we'll post all this to you for online courses).

After the course

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

We don't have any formal arrangement for answering questions after the course, but if you get stuck on something and email your trainer they should (and nearly always do!) respond as quickly as their training schedule allows.

Related Courses

You might like to consider these related courses:

Reporting Services

Basic

2 day course

Introduction to SQL

Introduction

2 day course

Advanced SQL

Advanced

2 day course

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