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Reporting Services (SSRS)

Live online training course - classroom version also available

£595 + VAT (where applicable)

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

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS to the cognoscenti) is the flagship Microsoft tool for producing printed reports (if you want to create dashboards for viewing information on screen, you might be better off using Power BI). 

On this two day course, you'll learn how to create and deploy reports in SSRS, including:

  • Creating data sources and data sets
  • Grouping data in tables (including controlling page headers)
  • Creating expressions, including conditional formatting and page headers/footers
  • Automatically exporting data to tabbed Excel workbooks
  • Using parameters (simple or dropdown) to filter data in reports
  • Creating additional report items such as indicators and gauges
  • Working with matrices and charts

Note that you don't need to know any SQL to attend this course, as SSRS contains an easy-to-use query designer letting you choose which tables/fields you want to show in your reports.

Course schedule

Here are our next few online Reporting Services course dates:

Dates Times Price (excl. VAT)
03-04 Sep 09:30-16:30 £595 Book
15-16 Oct 09:30-16:30 £595 Book
01-02 Dec 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:

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

Lists

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

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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

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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

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KPIs and mobile reports

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

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Subscriptions

  • How subscriptions work
  • Creating a new subscription
  • Managing subscriptions

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):

"Course was great and informative."

Ian Spencer (CAS Behavioural Health / Cygnet Health)

"I was worried about covering this subject (SSRS) as I knew nothing but now I feel like I know so much. I can't wait to get back and practice. "

Victoria Wass (CHP)

"Very informative course. Useful exercises. Lovely lunches."

Amy Cooke (Derbyshire County Council)

"The trainer was very knowledgeable and confident teaching the course and made it very friendly and relaxed. The course was exactly what I required and I'm now confident I can create my own SSIS project whereas I couldn't before attending the course. I had already attended the SSRS course previously so I was keen to use Wise Owl again and I also recommended it to two other colleagues."

Neil Dibsdall (Cybertill Limited)

"Excellent course, will recommend to colleagues."

Andy Clapham (Derbyshire County 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 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.