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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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  • 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

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

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)

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 authoring1
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.

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 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

Report delivery1
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

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

Client side
Client side

  • Reportviewer Control in "local mode"

    • ASP.NET

    • Windows Forms

    • Silverlight

    • WPF


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


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