Creating Reports with Report Builder 2014

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Course Number: SQL-421

Duration: 3 days (19.5 hours)

Format: Live, hands-on

SSRS Training Overview

Accelebrate's Creating Reports with Report Builder training teaches attendees how to use the Report Builder tool to create, format, and customize SQL Server 2014 Reporting Services reports. Business analysts and data consumers who need to be able to successfully create reports on a SQL Server Reporting Services server are the target audience for this course.

Note: Building reports based on Analysis Services multi-dimensional cubes is not covered in this course. Accelebrate's SQL Server 2014 Reporting Services for Report Writers (SSRS) course, which covers both report builder and report designer with these types of data sources would be recommended.

Location and Pricing

Accelebrate offers instructor-led enterprise training for groups of 3 or more online or at your site. Most Accelebrate classes can be flexibly scheduled for your group, including delivery in half-day segments across a week or set of weeks. To receive a customized proposal and price quote for private corporate training on-site or online, please contact us.

In addition, some courses are available as live, online classes for individuals. See a schedule of online courses.

Objectives

  • Create and use data sources and datasets
  • Build and format reports
  • Use groups to summarize and sort data
  • Incorporate parameters to add flexibility to groups
  • Create charts and maps to enhance data presentation
  • Work with custom expressions in reports

Prerequisites

A general knowledge of database concepts including tables and fields is required for this course. Students should be comfortable working in Microsoft Office as well. Prior Excel experience is helpful but not required.

Outline

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Introduction
SSRS Overview and Tools
  • Features Found in Reporting Services
  • SQL Server 2014 Tools
  • Using Report Builder to Author Reports
  • Installing the Stand-alone Version of Report Builder
  • Exploring the Report Builder User Interface
  • Installing and Using SQL Server Documentation
Data Sources and Datasets
  • Building and Using Data Sources
  • Shared verses Embedded Data Sources
  • Building and Using Dataset
Creating New Reports
  • Using the Report Wizards to Create Reports
  • Creating Reports from the Blank Report Template
  • Using Tablix
  • Creating Tabular and List Reports
  • Using a Matrix for Data Reporting
Formatting Reports
  • Using Text Boxes
  • Rich Text Formatting for Report Items
  • Managing Text Box Properties
  • Drawing Lines and Boxes
  • Enhancing Reports with Images
  • Headers and Footers
  • Adding a Document Map to a Report
  • Rendering Reports in Different Formats
Summarizing and Sorting
  • How to Create Groups
  • Adding Totals and Aggregations to Groups
  • Parent/Child Groups vs. Adjacent Groups
  • Tablix Properties and Grouping Data
Add Flexibility with Parameters
  • Creating Parameters in a Report
  • Report Parameters vs Query Parameters
  • Using Cascading Parameters
  • Report Parameter Property Management
  • Using Parameters with SQL Queries
  • Sorting Based on a Parameter
  • Filtering Reports Using Parameters
Enhanced Data Visualization
  • Using Charts
  • Using Gauges
  • Adding Maps
  • Using Data Bar, Indicators, and Sparklines for Data Visualization
  • Nesting Data Regions
  • Using Drillthrough Reports and Subreports
  • Managing Drillthrough Reports
Custom Expressions
  • Understanding Expressions
  • Building Expressions
  • Using Report Variables
  • Lookup, LookupSet, and Multilookup Functions
  • Working with additional Expressions
Conclusion

Training Materials:

All attendees receive a copy of Creating Reports Using SQL Server 2014 Report Builder.

Software Requirements:

  • At least 8 GB RAM
  • At least 10 GB free disk space
  • 64-bit Windows 7 or later, or Windows Server 2012 or later, with the latest service pack updates.
  • A full installation of SQL Server 2014 (server and client tools), including Reporting Services, with the latest service packs applied
    • Use SQL Server Developer Edition on Windows 7 or 8, or Enterprise Edition on Windows Server operating systems
    • This class is written to support a SQL Server Native Mode environment. Customization will be required to run Reporting Services in SharePoint integrated mode.
  • SQL Server Report Builder
  • Related sample databases and lab files that Accelebrate will provide
  • Internet Explorer version 8, 9, or 11 (not 10, which has serious problems interacting with SSRS)
  • Excel (any version 2007 or later with the latest service packs) and Adobe Reader (any version)
  • If you have purchased this course, please contact us for detailed setup instructions.


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