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SQL Server 2008 for Business Intelligence. UTS Short Course. Recap. Cubes What is a cube? Measures/Facts? Dimensions? Hierarchies? Time Dimensions? Cube Browser? Why?. Session 3: Reporting Services. What is SQL Reporting Services? Steps in Creating a Report Demo: Creating a Report

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Sql server 2008 for business intelligence

SQL Server 2008 for Business Intelligence

UTS Short Course



  • Cubes

    • What is a cube?

    • Measures/Facts?

    • Dimensions?

      • Hierarchies?

    • Time Dimensions?

    • Cube Browser?

  • Why?

Session 3 reporting services

Session 3: Reporting Services

  • What is SQL Reporting Services?

  • Steps in Creating a Report

  • Demo: Creating a Report

  • Hands on Lab

Why are we doing this

Why are we doing this?

Business intelligence defined

Business Intelligence Defined

Business intelligence (BI) is a broad category of applications and technologies for gathering, storing, analyzing, and providing access to data to help enterprise users make better business decisions.

Answer questions

The plan

The plan

Step by step to bi

Step by step to BI

  • Create Data Warehouse

  • Copy data to data warehouse

  • Create OLAP Cubes

  • Create Reports

  • Do some Data Mining

    • Discovering a Relationship that was not obvious

    • Predict future events (e.g. targeting and forecasting)

Sql server 2008 for business intelligence


What is sql server reporting

What is SQL Server Reporting?

  • Reporting platform

    • Traditional

    • Interactive reports

  • Scalable and manageable server infrastructure

  • Integrated with

    • SharePoint

    • Office applications

    • Browser and other familiar tools

  • Single platform and tools for all types of structured data

    • Relational

    • Hierarchical

    • Multidimensional

Sql server bi platform

SQL Server BI Platform

Reporting Services

Development Tools

Management Tools

Analysis Services

OLAP & Data Mining




SQL Server

Relational Engine

Reporting lifecycle




Reporting Lifecycle

  • Reporting Services is an open and extensible platform supporting the authoring, management and delivery of rich, interactive reports to the entire enterprise.

Report authoring

Report Authoring

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Report Authoring

  • Reports are defined in Report Definition Language (RDL), a documented XML schema

  • Use Microsoft or 3rd party tools that support RDL

  • Create single reports from multiple data sources(SQL, OLE DB, ODBC, Oracle, and .NET data providers)

More info on the RDL spec: www.microsoft.com/sql/reporting

Report authoring controls

Report Authoring - Controls

  • Data regions

    • Tablix (New in SQL 2008)

      • Table

      • List (like Access)

      • Matrix

    • Chart

    • Gauge

  • Subreports

  • Images

  • Custom Controls



  • Generalized layout report item

    • Grouped and Detail data

Tablix table

Tablix - Table

  • Use a table to display detail data

  • Organize the data in row groups, or both.

  • The Table template contains three columns with a table header row and a details row for data.

Tablix matrix

Tablix - Matrix

  • Use a matrix to display aggregated data summaries

  • Grouped in rows and columns, similar to a PivotTable or crosstab.

  • The number of rows and columns for groups is determined by the number of unique values for each row and column groups

Tablix list

Tablix - List

  • Use a list to create a free-form layout. You are not limited to a grid layout, but can place fields freely inside the list.

  • You can use a list to design a form for displaying many dataset fields or as a container to display multiple data regions side by side for grouped data.









Interactive reports

Interactive reports

Drill through reports

Drill-through Reports

  • Start in Report Builder

  • Get the data you want

  • In report properties choose Allow users to drill to this report option

  • Optionally customize in Report Designer



  • Document maps

  • Collapse / Expand

  • Actions

Report management

Report Management

Report management1

Report Management

  • Report definitions, folders, and resources are published and managed in a reporting web service

  • Managed reports can be executed either on-demand or via schedule and can be cached for consistency and performance

  • Scalable & Extensible server architecture

Sql server reporting architecture

SQL Server Reporting Architecture

Report manager

Report Manager

Configuration manager

Configuration Manager

Report delivery

Report Delivery

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Report Delivery

  • Traditional (paper) and interactive (web) reports

  • On-demand (“pull”) or event-based (“push”) delivery

  • Choose from multiple formats (HTML, Excel, PDF, XML, Word)

  • Deliver reports to many devices (e-mail, file share, etc.)

  • Ad-hoc Reporting

Ssrs and ssas working together

SSRS and SSAS – Working Together

Standard reports

Ad hoc reports

Detail reports



  • Intuitive reporting

  • Interactive analysis

  • High performance

  • Powerful calculations

  • Detail reporting

  • Standard reporting

  • Ad hoc reporting

  • Flexible delivery

Ssas and reporting services

SSAS and Reporting Services

Data Layer


Presentation Layer




Interactive reporting




Standard reporting


multiple data sources supported

Ad hoc reporting

  • Dimensional schema = intuitive reporting

  • SSAS for better performance and business metrics

  • UDM serves many reporting needs

Report builder

Report Builder

Report builder v2

Report Builder v2

It s fantastic but

It’s fantastic but….

  • It doesn’t ship with SQL 2008

  • It is part of SP1

  • http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=DBDDC9B6-6E19-4D4B-9309-13F62901B0D5&displaylang=en

Report builder v3

Report Builder v3

  • Only for SQL Server R2

  • http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=d3173a87-7c0d-40cc-a408-3d1a43ae4e33&displaylang=en

Report generation

Report generation

Server side

Server side

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Server side

Client side

Client side

  • Reportviewer Control in "local mode"

    • ASP.NET

    • Windows Forms

    • Silverlight

    • WPF

Client side1




All about the ReportViewer control

  • http://www.gotreportviewer.com/

    Community site with reports to learn from

  • http://www.reportsurfer.com/



  • What is Reporting Services?

  • Steps in Creating a Report

  • Demo: Creating a Report

  • Hands on Lab


Sql server 2008 for business intelligence

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