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Advanced SSRS

Live online training course - classroom version also available

£650 + 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 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 6 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):

"(Intro Power BI course) Excellent pace for 2 days. Plenty of interaction and humour. Great lunch breaks. (DAX course) Excellent course. Very well delivered on a "tricky" topic which could have sent me slightly mad. Great pace of delivery. This is the first time I felt I could do the same course again! (Advanced Power BI course) Excellent delivery of a new course. Quick measures were very useful after the DAX course (a good compliment)."

John Pelan (Coloplast Ltd)

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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.