WiseOwl Training - Established 1992 Wise Owl Training

Established May 1992
30 years in business
Wise Owl Training
30 years in business
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Classroom training -  Advanced SSRS

Online Training

Advanced SSRS

Live online training course - classroom version also available

£795 + VAT (where applicable)

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

The vast majority of SSRS users will not need this two-day advanced SSRS course.  You should only consider booking it if you already know SSRS well, and want to find out what else the software can do.  The course covers creating more advanced expressions (including using report and group variables, and the concept of scope); creating dropdown parameters using stored procedures; and additional topics such as dynamic reports.

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 online course to run on a date convenient to you!

Course Contents

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

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 6 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 6 Wise Owl trainers
  • 478 references viewable online

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):

"Content was delivered at a good pace, it was also well adapted for our potential future use cases and it was very enjoyable training. The online experience was much better than I anticipated, good use of the remote desktop system."

Andy Berry (Nexperia UK Ltd)

"I thought the course was very good and our trainer was excellent in leading us. He went at the perfect pace and allowed us to contribute but also question anything and he didn’t move on until we all were happy. I think as a group we got lots out of it to take forward and we are all looking forward to putting what we learnt into practice. I think what would be great is the potential for an intermediate course once we have found our feet with what we learnt from the beginner course. Also, the actual course literature was great too and it's nice to have something comprehensive to refer back to, to support us in implementing what we took from the course and that’s in addition to being able to keep the actual work we did on the course. "

Steve Taylor (Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust)

"I have no previous Power BI experience to speak of but the course has given me much to consider. Copies of the course material and our individual works will be very useful reference points for the future, when I undoubtedly hit a brick wall! The trainer was extremely knowledgeable on Power BI, Power Pivots, DAX language and pretty much anything that we cared to throw his way - he's a very effective trainer, putting across a complex topic in a structured and cohesive manner. I believe that the online experience worked well. I'd certainly recommend this course, and Wise Owl to others. Also of particular attraction was that all 6 trainees were from Volac and there was plenty of opportunity to delve into areas of particular interest - though we did ultimately follow the course as originally presented."

Tim Whittal-Williams (Volac International Ltd)

"Fantastic course, paced correctly and the trainer was extremely knowledgeable, as well as being a wonderful host for the two days. I really like the small class sizes as it ensures you have a voice and don't get drowned out by multiple questions. Great location too."

Paul Maxwell (Innogy Business Services UK Ltd)

"Course content great & we had a very patient trainer. Thank you."

Jayne Pasco (Waltham Forest Council)

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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 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.