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10990-C: Analyzing Data with SQL Server Reporting Services 

10990-C: Analyzing Data with SQL Server Reporting Services 

10990-C: Analyzing Data with SQL Server Reporting Services 

5 Days - Online Instructor Lead

Course Overview

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. 

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 access to sensitive reports is carefully controlled. Administrators also monitor and optimize performance. 

 

Lessons 

 

Administering reporting services 

Reporting services configuration 

Reporting services performance 

 

Lab : Administering reporting services 

Authorize access to reports 

Web portal branding 

 

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

Secure access to reports by using authentication, permissions, and SSL encryption. Use report services configuration manager to reconfigure SSRS servers. Monitor and optimize the performance of SSRS on a given set of server hardware. 

Module 9: Extending and Integrating Reporting Services 

 

Although Reporting Services is a powerful tool, its built-in capabilities might not always meet your needs. This module covers the methods for extending the functionality of Reporting Services with expressions and custom code. You will also learn about the methods for working with Reporting Services programmatically, and integrating Reporting Services reports into other applications. 

 

Lessons 

 

Expressions and embedded code 

Extending reporting services 

Integrating reporting services 

 

Lab : Extending and integrating reporting services 

Custom code – report designer 

Custom code – report builder 

URL access 

 

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

Work with expressions and embedded code. 

Extend reporting services functionality with external assemblies. 

Integrate reporting services with other software. 

 

Module 10: Introduction to Mobile Reports 

 

This module introduces the design and publication of reports that are intended for consumption on mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) includes support for mobile reports, although the tools that are used to design and publish mobile reports are different to the tools used for the paginated reports discussed in the earlier modules of this course. 

 

Lessons 

Overview of mobile reports 

Preparing data for mobile reports 

Mobile report publisher 

 

Lab : Introduction to mobile reports 

Format data for a mobile report 

Create a mobile report 

Create KPIs 

 

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

Describe considerations for mobile reports. 

Prepare data for publication in mobile reports. 

Use SQL Server mobile report publisher to create mobile reports. 

 

Module 11: Developing Mobile Reports 

 

In this module, you will learn about the element types that you can add to your Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services mobile reports. You will also learn about working with dataset parameters, and how to add drill through actions to your reports. 

 

Lessons 

 

Designing and publishing mobile reports 

Drillthrough in mobile reports 

 

Lab : Developing mobile reports 

 

Add a dataset with parameters 

Design a mobile report 

Publish a mobile report 

Add a drill through to a custom URL 

 

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

Describe how to design and publish mobile reports. 

Explain how to drill through from mobile reports. 

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. 

Skills gained 

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. 

 

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. 

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