Modern Reporting with SQL Server 2016 and 2017 Reporting Services full day pre-conference session

I am thrilled to be presenting a full-day preconference session before the PASS Summit, on October 31st.  Please join me for a deep tour of the new capabilities and BI platform integrations for SQL Server Reporting Services 2016 & 2017.  The session will also review the essential skills and tasks to setup and configure the report server and web portal, report design and modern report solution planning.

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Here’s an overview of the session:

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.

This session covers:

  • What’s new in Reporting Services 2017 (and 2016)?
  • Reporting Services and Power BI Report Server Architecture
  • Parameter improvements
  • Overview of report solution design general best practices
  • Integrating and managing Power BI on-premises
  • Integrating SSRS with the Power BI service
  • Graphical report design
  • Visualization choices
  • Chart visual types and new visual options
  • Indicators and sparklines
  • Creating dashboard reports
  • Advanced and analytic reporting
  • Advanced design techniques
  • Conditional visibility & drill-down
  • Pagination & flow control
  • Error management
  • Drill-through navigation
  • Query design beyond the basics
  • Reporting with SQL Server and Analysis Services
  • Using the DAX and MDX query editors
  • Analytical and Business intelligence reporting
  • Managing report projects and consolidating reports
  • Upgrading from prior versions of SSRS
  • Framing and integrating reports the easy way
  • Introducing Mobile Reports
  • Multi-device mobile reporting, business cases & scenarios
  • Visual control categories & behavior
  • Mobile reports and parameters
  • Filtering an navigating mobile reports
  • Building mobile report solutions
  • Mobile drillthrough – targeting mobile reports and paginated reports
  • Content management
  • Managing the web portal
  • SSRS and Power BI Report Server administration
  • Custom branding
  • Instance caching
  • Server management and configuration

Register for the PASS Summit and preconference here.  Also, look out for a sneak peek of this and many other sessions in the 24 Hours Of PASS which will run continuously through July 19th and 20th.  Watch the PASS Learning Channel for announcements.

Reporting Services 2016, The Force Awakens session at Summit 2016

THANK YOU…

everyone who attended my session today titled “Reporting Services 2016, The Force Awakens”  We had a packed house with attendees standing along all of the walls in two joining session rooms.  This is indeed a very popular topic!   The session was recorded and will be available to watch with all the Summit 2016 session recordings.  You can download the slides deck here.  Samples and demo material are available from these resources (which are on the References & Sample slide):

Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services and Mobile Reports
Amazon (samples)

Self-paced online SSRS 2016 training
EdX course DAT214x: “Analyzing and Visualizing Data with SQL Server Reporting Services”
EdX.org (samples)

The Essential Guide to SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services
SQL Server Pro Magazine / SQLMag.com
Link (samples)

My Blog
SqlServerBiBlog.com

Reporting Services 2016, Power BI and PASS Summit 2016

What am I most excited about as I prepare for the PASS Summit here in Seattle this week?  A lot of things.  Preparing for my session, which will be on Thursday at 1:30, by far the most popular and interesting topics are about integration and tool choice.  Today’s public announcement on the SSRS product team blog about on-premises Power BI integration with Reporting Services is really big news.  It’s great to see two of the technologies I love working together.  Whether in the cloud or on-premises, Power BI and Reporting Services can be used together.

Thursday’s session is titled “Reporting Services 2016, the Force Awakens”.  The consensus among industry users is that Reporting Services was stalled and left alone for far too long.  Technology and industry trends have moved forward over the past five years or so but Microsoft have invested in other tools and products, aside from Reporting Services.  The SSRS server architecture is capable but the rendering and delivery components needed to be modernized.

The good news is that the modernization effort has been underway for quite some time.  Resources that were directed to other investments have been recommitted, not only to the Reporting Services product, but to integration across the product stack.  It’s really hard to build a reporting platform that addresses every need.  I think Microsoft have a history of creating false expectations by putting experimental and incomplete features  out in the industry that weren’t on the committed roadmap.  I know better than to believe that the pattern won’t ever be repeated but I firmly believe that there is a well-defined reporting and BI roadmap and product teams are making rapid progress against it.  It is once again an exciting time to invest in the Microsoft analytics, reporting and BI tool set.

I’ll publish the entire deck after the 2016 Summit.  Until then, here are some selected slides…

Comparing the progress of new features added to SSRS over the release cycles, the product really slept from 2010 until 2016.

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Microsoft’s reporting & analytic platform has shifted significant as they moved from products to services, and from servers to the cloud.  The dust is settling on this major refocusing effort.  Capabilities that were introduced in Azure, Cortana Analytics and Power BI are now becoming available to “the box”, on-premises or in hybrid cloud scenarios.  We can expect more announcements on this as the roadmap is played-out and gaps are filled-in.

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Reporting Services is a central player in the on-prem delivery of the BI, analytics and reporting tools offered by Microsoft.  These include Excel, Paginated reports created with SSDT/report designer or Report Builder, Mobile Reports and Power BI Desktop.

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…more to come!

check back for updates.