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Classroom training -  Fast track SSRS

Online Training

Intensive fast-track 3-day Reporting Services (SSRS)

Live online training course - classroom version also available

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

We're definitely not pushing this course, as we think for the majority of people our two-day Introduction to SSRS course will be sufficient for their needs.  However, there are some extra goodies on the three-day fast-track course such as:

  • Using variables in expressions in SSRS
  • Creating dropdown parameters based on stored procedures
  • Creating truly dynamic reports

Be warned that if you don't know any SQL you will find parts of this course difficult.

Our online fast-track courses are only available as tailored courses (you can see why here). They're not for the faint-hearted: the idea is to provide as quick a start to learning software as possible, for people who are IT-ability-rich but time-poor.

Course Contents

This fast-track course combines topics from the following other Wise Owl courses:

From our REPORTING SERVICES course

Introduction to SSRS

  • Visual Studio and SSDT
  • Solutions and projects
  • The Visual Studio environment

Designing a Simple Report

  • Authoring a report
  • Using report items
  • Selecting and formatting report items
  • Number formats

Data sources and datasets

  • Shared data sources
  • Shared versus embedded datasets
  • Using Query Designer

Tables

  • Structure of a table
  • Formatting tables
  • Inserting rows
  • Interactive sorting
  • Repeating page headers

Grouping tables

  • Using the grouping panes
  • Row and column groups
  • Displaying subtotals
  • Outlining

Expressions

  • Calculated fields
  • The ReportItems collection
  • Using built-in fields
  • Conditional formatting - expressions

Pages and printing

  • Page headers and footers
  • Pagination between groups
  • Header and footer expressions

Parameters

  • Using query parameters
  • Creating drop lists
  • Multi-value drop lists
  • Formatting using parameters

Indicators

  • Creating indicators
  • Changing the symbols displayed
  • Stopping indicators stretching

Gauges

  • Creating and formatting gauges
  • Gauge panels
  • Pointers, scales and ranges

Matrices

  • Areas of a matrix
  • Sorting and grouping matrices
  • Creating and formatting subtotals

Charts

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

Data bars and sparklines

  • Need for a grouped row
  • Creating data bars
  • Creating sparklines

Covered if time allows If time

Lists

  • Creating and formatting lists
  • Grouping using lists
  • Using rectangles in lists

Covered if time allows If time

Subreports

  • Creating a child report
  • Creating the main report
  • Creating and formatting subreports

Drill-through reports

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

Covered if time allows If time

Maps

  • ESRI shapefiles / SQL spatial data
  • Linking to datasets
  • Map layers
  • Center points and point layers

Deploying reports

  • Setting the target server
  • Deploying an entire project
  • Deploying single reports

The SSRS web portal

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

Covered if time allows If time

KPIs and mobile reports

  • Creating a KPI
  • Installing Mobile Report Publisher
  • Creating a mobile report

Covered if time allows If time

Subscriptions

  • How subscriptions work
  • Creating a new subscription
  • Managing subscriptions
From our ADVANCED SSRS course

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

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

Covered if time allows If time

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

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):

"Perfect, real-world applicable, friendly, well paced ... perfect. Course was recommended."

Marc Vautheny (Business Growth Hub)

"Useful content & well delivered. Already had staff attend course, good feedback from them."

Jamie Smith (HMI Probation)

"Well paced and informative."

David Woodbourne (Warwick University)

"Course was delivered to a very high standard and exceeded my expectations. It would encourage me to look into more courses and I would recommend."

Emma Deaker (Home Retail Group PLC)

"Really useful course and very well presented."

Mike Hardiman (Aster Group 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.