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Creating Reports with Report Builder

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This 3 day instructor-led course is geared towards business analysts and data consumers who need to be able to create reports based on a SQL Server report server. This class focuses on using the Report Builder tool. The SSRS for Report Writers uses both tools. If you have access to Report Designer (SQL Server Data Tools or SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio), you should consider taking the SSRS SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services class. Additionally, if you are using SQL Server Analysis Services and would like exposure to developing reports based on a cube, the SSRS class would be a great benefit for you also.

Key topics all attendees will be able to do at course completion:

  • Create reports that include tables, matrices, charts, and lists.
  • Format reports
  • Use expressions and parameters to create dynamic reports
  • Group data to create drill-down reports


SSRS Overview and Tools
  • Reporting Services Features
  • Tools Available with SQL Server 2012
  • Authoring with Report Builder
  • ClickOnce vs. Stand-alone
  • Using the Report Builder Tool
  • SQL Server Documentation
Data Sources and Datasets
  • What is a Data Source?
  • Shared verses Embedded Data Sources
  • What is a Dataset?
  • Creating Datasets
Creating New Reports
  • Using the Report Wizards
  • Starting from the Blank Report Template
  • What is Tablix?
  • Creating a Tabular Report
  • Creating a List Report
  • What is a Matrix?
Formatting Reports
  • Working with Text Boxes
  • Rich Text Formatting
  • Managing Text Boxes
  • Drawing Lines and Boxes
  • Images
  • Page Headers and Footers
  • Adding a Document Map
  • Rendering Reports
Summarizing and Sorting
  • Creating Groups
  • Adding Totals and Aggregations
  • Parent/Group vs. Adjacent Groups
  • Tablix Properties and Grouping Data
Add Flexibility with Parameters
  • Adding Parameters to a Report
  • Report Parameters vs Query Parameters
  • Working with Cascading Parameters
  • Manage Report Parameter Properties
  • Use Parameters with SQL Queries and Stored Procedures
  • Sort Based on a Parameter Setting
  • Filtered Reports
Enhanced Data visualization
  • Charts
  • Gauges
  • Add a Map to a Report
  • Data Bar, Indicators, and Sparklines
  • Nesting Data Regions
  • Subreports and Drillthrough Reports
  • Working with Drillthrough Reports
Custom Expressions
  • Understanding Expressions
  • Defining Expressions
  • Working with Report Variables
  • Understanding Lookup, LookupSet, and Multilookup Functions
  • Expression Samples


  • Understanding of general database concepts such as tables, columns, rows.
  • Should be comfortable with standard Office features such as Open, New, Save As, etc.
  • Intermediate to advanced Excel knowledge recommended


Business analysts, report writers, or power users that need to retrieve data from a Microsoft SQL Server by using Report Builder.
$1295.00 List Price

3 Days Course

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