Creating Reports with Report Builder 2014

Creating Reports with Report Builder 2014


Bascom Bridge’s   Creating Reports with Report Builder training teaches attendees how to use the Report Builder tool to create, format, and customize SQL Server 2014 Reporting Services reports. Business analysts and data consumers who need to be able to successfully create reports on a SQL Server Reporting Services server are the target audience for this course.

Note: Building reports based on Analysis Services multi-dimensional cubes is not covered in this course. Bascom Bridge’s  SQL Server 2014 Reporting Services for Report Writers (SSRS) course, which covers both report builder and report designer with these types of data sources would be recommended.



All Students will:

  • Create and use data sources and datasets
  • Build and format reports
  • Use groups to summarize and sort data
  • Incorporate parameters to add flexibility to groups
  • Create charts and maps to enhance data presentation
  • Work with custom expressions in reports


A general knowledge of database concepts including tables and fields is required for this course. Students should be comfortable working in Microsoft Office as well. Prior Excel experience is helpful but not required.


All attendees receive a copy of Creating Reports Using SQL Server 2014 Report Builder.


  • At least 6 GB RAM
  • At least 10 GB free disk space
  • 64-bit Windows 7 or later, or Windows Server 2012 or later, with the latest service pack updates.
  • A full installation of SQL Server 2014 (server and client tools), including Reporting Services, with the latest service packs applied
    • Use SQL Server Developer Edition on Windows 7 or 8, or Enterprise Edition on Windows Server operating systems
    • This class is written to support a SQL Server Native Mode environment. Customization will be required to run Reporting Services in SharePoint integrated mode.
  • SQL Server Report Builder
  • Related sample databases and lab files that Accelebrate will provide
  • Internet Explorer version 8, 9, or 11 (not 10, which has serious problems interacting with SSRS)
  • Excel (any version 2007 or later with the latest service packs) and Adobe Reader (any version)
  • If you have purchased this course, please contact us for detailed setup instructions.
  • For classes delivered online, all participants need either dual monitors or a separate device logged into the online session so that they can do their work on one screen and watch the instructor on the other. A separate computer connected to a projector or large screen TV would be another way for students to see the instructor’s screen simultaneously with working on their own.


  • Introduction
  • SSRS Overview and Tools
    • Features Found in Reporting Services
    • SQL Server 2014 Tools
    • Using Report Builder to Author Reports
    • Installing the Stand-alone Version of Report Builder
    • Exploring the Report Builder User Interface
    • Installing and Using SQL Server Documentation
  • Data Sources and Datasets
    • Building and Using Data Sources
    • Shared verses Embedded Data Sources
    • Building and Using Dataset
  • Creating New Reports
    • Using the Report Wizards to Create Reports
    • Creating Reports from the Blank Report Template
    • Using Tablix
    • Creating Tabular and List Reports
    • Using a Matrix for Data Reporting
  • Formatting Reports
    • Using Text Boxes
    • Rich Text Formatting for Report Items
    • Managing Text Box Properties
    • Drawing Lines and Boxes
    • Enhancing Reports with Images
    • Headers and Footers
    • Adding a Document Map to a Report
    • Rendering Reports in Different Formats
  • Summarizing and Sorting
    • How to Create Groups
    • Adding Totals and Aggregations to Groups
    • Parent/Child Groups vs. Adjacent Groups
    • Tablix Properties and Grouping Data
  • Add Flexibility with Parameters
    • Creating Parameters in a Report
    • Report Parameters vs Query Parameters
    • Using Cascading Parameters
    • Report Parameter Property Management
    • Using Parameters with SQL Queries
    • Sorting Based on a Parameter
    • Filtering Reports Using Parameters
  • Enhanced Data Visualization
    • Using Charts
    • Using Gauges
    • Adding Maps
    • Using Data Bar, Indicators, and Sparklines for Data Visualization
    • Nesting Data Regions
    • Using Drillthrough Reports and Subreports
    • Managing Drillthrough Reports
  • Custom Expressions
    • Understanding Expressions
    • Building Expressions
    • Using Report Variables
    • Lookup, LookupSet, and Multilookup Functions
    • Working with additional Expressions
  • Conclusion

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  • Course No : SQL-421
  •  Theory : 25%
  •  Lab : 75%
  • Duration : 18 hours
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