Modern Reporting with SSRS 2016 & 2017, and Report Tool Options – PASS Sessions

It’s official.  The PASS Summit schedule was announced and I will be doing three sessions:  A full-day preconference, a regular session and a panel discussion with other industry professionals.  Come back to this post for follow-up information and selections of content from these sessions after the event.

The PASS Summit is my favorite event of the year and I always leave with so much valuable insight and information.  PASS is my annual battery recharge for the rest of the year.  It is a vibrant community of professionals and industry leaders who love to share and exchange learnings.  Not just an opportunity to attend sessions presented by top-notch experts and product owners from Microsoft but Summit presents many real opportunities to sit and talk, meet and socialize with these industry influencers.  My perspectives change and I go back to my clients, classrooms and projects with solutions and a fresh new approach.  I’ve been going to the PASS Summit for twelve years and every year is literally the best Summit ever.  In the industry, there is no better investment of time and energy compared with what you will gain by attending.  I look forward to meeting many of you at Summit.  Please introduce yourself and say ‘Hello’.

My session descriptions are following.  It was an honor to be selected to present a full-day preconference session.  Thanks to the program committee for this great privelege!

Modern Reporting with SQL Server 2016 and 2017 Reporting Services
The full-day preconference session is on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 8:30 to 4:30.

The 2016 product release was a big upgrade that, once again, brought SSRS into center stage as a market-leading reporting and dashboard design tool for operational and BI reporting.  The big news was that SSRS reports truly run in all modern web browsers and work on mobile devices and all desktops in a new modern web portal.  The introduction of Mobile Reports, formerly known as Datazen, gives mobile device users interactive, tactile and actionable dashboard style reporting on all the popular mobile smartphones and tablets.  The 2017 product brings even more goodness with the integration of Power BI Report Server, on-premises Power BI report integration in a cloud-free platform.  Join Paul for a full-day pre-conference session where you will explore new capabilities and learn to integrate modern reporting into your data platform.

The Data Visualization Panel Discussion is on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 4:45 PM.  This is a 75 minute session.  Join Mico Yuk, Ginger Grant, Meagan Longoria, Chris Webb and myself for an engaging discussion about data visualization tools, choices and challenges.

Your Complete BI Toolbelt: Using Power BI, Excel & SSRS Together to Create Integrated BI Solutions
This is also a 75 minute session on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 at 10:45.

How do you choose the right reporting tool for the job? Everyone knows that Power BI brings kick-butt visuals and interactions but it doesn’t do multi page reports for print, Excel dishes meat and potato financial sheets and pivot reports but they always look like, well, spreadsheets; and of course our old friend Reporting Services delivers highly-formatted, multi-page reports but it just doesn’t look good in yoga pants anymore. Can we use these tools together? You bet your sweet patootie, we can. Come and learn how to choose the right tool for the job. I will show you how to orchestrate beautiful business solutions by stitching these bad boys together using actions and drill-through navigation…. and maybe a few tricks you haven’t seen before.

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