Analyzing Data with SQL Server Reporting Services - M10990 Course Outline

(5 Days) - Learning Credits Accepted

Overview

About This Course

This five-day instructor-led course teaches students how to implement a SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services solution for data analysis in an organization. The course discusses how to use the Reporting Services development tools to create and manage reports and implement self-service BI solutions.

Audience Profile

Audience Profile

The primary audience for this course is database professionals who need to fulfil a BI developer role to create reports. Primary responsibilities will include implementing reports and mobile reports. The secondary audiences for this course are power information workers.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites

Before attending this course, students must have:

  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.
  • Working knowledge of Transact-SQL, such as that taught in 20761C.

At Course Completion

At Course Completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe reporting services and it’s components
  • Describe reporting services data sources
  • Implement paginated reports
  • Work with reporting services data
  • Visualize data with reporting services
  • Aggregate report data
  • Share reporting services reports
  • Administer reporting services
  • Expand and integrate reporting services
  • Describe mobile reports
  • Develop mobile reports.

Course Outline

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Reporting Services

This module introduces Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services, its components, and the tools used to work with it.

Lessons

  • Introduction to reporting services
  • Reporting services components
  • Reporting services tools

Lab : Exploring reporting services

  • Exploring reports
  • Reporting services configuration

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Give a context for Reporting Services.
  • Describe the components of Reporting Services.
  • Explain Reporting Services tools.

Module 2: Reporting Services Data Sources

Almost every report that you publish by using SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) will be built using data that’s obtained from one or more source systems. This lesson explains how to configure SSRS to interact with source data systems by working with data sources.

Lessons

  • Data sources
  • Connection strings
  • Datasets

Lab : Configuring data access with report builder

  • Configuring data access with report builder

Lab : Configuring data access with report designer

  • Configuring data access with report designer

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe data sources.
  • Work with connection strings.
  • Describe datasets.

Module 3: Creating Paginated Reports

Now that you have learned about BI and data modelling, and how to access data from Report Designer and Report Builder, you need to learn how to create reports. This module shows you how to create different types of reports in both applications, in addition to using the Report Wizard.

Lessons

  • Creating a report with the report wizard
  • Creating a report
  • Publishing a report

Lab : Creating reports

  • Use the report wizard – report designer
  • Use the report wizard – report builder
  • Creating and publishing a report – report designer
  • Creating and publishing a report – report builder

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Create a report with the report wizard.
  • Create a report using report builder or report designer.
  • Publish a report to reporting services.

Module 4: Working with Reporting Services Data

It is common for business requirements to change regarding the information they need and how they want data presented. On viewing a detailed report, senior management might ask for higher level, summarized, or filtered versions of the same report. Report Builder and Report Designer support these scenarios via filtering, sorting, drilldowns, grouping and the parameterizing of reports. In this module, you will see how to use filters and parameters to make reports more dynamic and useful to business users.

Lessons

  • Data filters
  • Report parameters
  • Implementing report filters and parameters

Lab : Create a parameterized report

  • Using parameters in report designer
  • Using parameters in report builder

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Filter data in reports
  • Use parameters in reports

Module 5: Visualizing Data with Report Services

As the amount of data being generated continues to grow, the need to make sense of its meaning increases. You use data visualization to make data easier to understand, and faster to interpret. Data visualizations highlight comparisons, show trends, and convey scale much faster than a table of numbers could. The detail is important, but visualizations are a highly effective way of conveying meaning and insights quickly and accurately.

Lessons

  • Formatting data
  • Images and charts
  • Databars, sparklines, indicators, gauges, and maps

Lab : Manage formatting

  • Report designer
  • Report builder

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Format data in reports.
  • Use images and charts in your reports.
  • Use databars, sparklines, and indicators in reports.
  • Explain what a KPI is and how it’s used.

Module 6: Summarizing Report Data

As the amount of data we need to deal with increases, so does the requirement to manage data by grouping and summarizing. In this module, you will learn how to create group structures, summarize data, and provide interactivity in your reports, so that users see the level of detail or summary that they need.

Lessons

  • Sorting and grouping
  • Report sub-reports
  • Drilldown and drill through

Lab : Summarizing report data

  • Sorting and grouping in report builder
  • Sorting and grouping in report designer

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Group and sort data in reports.
  • Create report sub-sections.
  • Use drill down and drill through.

Module 7: Sharing Reporting Services Reports

When you have published a Reporting Services report, users can view the report interactively. In some situations, it can be advantageous to run reports automatically, either to improve performance through caching and snapshots, or to deliver reports to users—by using e-mail or other mechanisms. To run reports automatically, you need to understand how Reporting Services manages scheduling. This module covers report scheduling, caching and the report life cycle, and automatic subscription and delivery of reports.

Lessons

  • Schedules
  • Report caching, snapshots, and comments
  • Report subscription and delivery

Lab : Sharing reporting services reports

  • Create a shared schedule
  • Configure caching
  • Subscribe to a report

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Explain schedules.
  • Describe report caching, report snapshots, and report comments.
  • Configure report subscriptions.

Module 8: Administering Reporting Services

System administrators take responsibility for the configuration and day-to-day operations of IT systems. In SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), administrative tasks include the configuration of the web portal and web service, branding the web portal, and ensuring that a