SQL Server 2014 Reporting Services for Report Writers (SSRS)

SQL Server 2014 Reporting Services for Report Writers (SSRS)

Bascom Bridge’s Introduction to SQL Server 2014 Reporting Services (SSRS 2014) training teaches attendees how to create, format, and manage SQL Server 2014 Reporting Services reports. This class focuses primarily on the Report Designer tool in the SSDT-BI for Visual Studio 2013. Attendees will also work in and become familiar with Report Builder and Report Manager.



All attendees will learn to:

  • Use Report Designer and Report Manager
  • Work with solutions and projects
  • Create basic reports
  • Enhance reports with formatting, images, and charts
  • Effectively group and summarize data
  • Work with parameterized reports
  • Build dynamic reports with expressions and parameters
  • Incorporate charts and custom maps
  • Work with drillthrough reports
  • Manage reports
  • Utilize Report Builder


All attendees must have a general familiarity with databases prior to the class. Working knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server or Microsoft Office applications is encouraged.

Note: By default, this course is designed for participants who do not have prior experience with SSRS 2014 (or 2012 or 2008 R2, which are notably similar).  If your group does have experience, please let us know and we will tailor your course accordingly.


All attendees receive a copy of SQL Server 2014 Reporting Services for Report Writers.


  • 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.
  • SSDT-BI for Visual Studio 2013
  • 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
    • Tools Available with SQL Server 2014
    • SQL Server Documentation
  • Working with Solutions and Projects
    • Working with SSDT-BI for Visual Studio 2013
    • Understanding Solutions and Projects
    • Working with the Visual Studio Developer Environment
  • Creating Basic Reports
    • What is a Data Source?
    • What is a Dataset?
    • Using the Report Wizard
    • What is Tablix?
    • Creating a Tabular Report
    • Creating a List Report
    • What is a Matrix?
    • Deploying a Project
  • Formatting Reports
    • Rich Text Formatting
    • Adding and Managing Text Boxes
    • Drawing Lines and Boxes
    • Images
    • Adding Page Headers and Footers
    • Using the Built-in Fields Folder
    • Adding a Document Map
    • Rendering Reports
  • Custom Expressions
    • Understanding Expressions
    • Defining Expressions
    • Working with Report Variables
    • Accessing Multiple Datasets with Lookup Functions
    • Additional Samples
  • Summarizing and Sorting
    • Adding Groups with the Report Wizard
    • Creating Groups
    • Parent/Child vs. Adjacent Groupings
    • Adding Totals and Aggregations
    • Creating Aggregates of Aggregates
  • Add Flexibility with Parameters
    • Adding Parameters to a Report
    • Report Parameters vs. Query Parameters
    • Manage Report Parameter Properties
    • Use Parameters with SQL Queries and Stored Procedures
    • Work with Cascading Parameters
    • Sort Based on a Parameter Setting
    • Filtered Reports
  • Enhanced Report Items
    • Charts
    • Gauges
    • Add a Map to a Report
    • Data Bar, Indicator, and Sparkline Report Items
    • Nesting Data Regions
    • Working with Subreports
    • Working with Drillthrough Reports
    • Performance Implications of Subreports and Drillthrough Reports
  • Using Report Manager
    • Deploying Projects
    • Navigating Report Manager
    • Understanding Permissions
    • Viewing Reports
    • Working with Shared Data Sources
    • Managing Reports
  • Using SQL Server 2014 Report Builder
    • ClickOnce vs. Stand-alone Installations
    • Installing the Stand-alone Version
    • The Report Builder Tool Interface
    • Creating Shared Datasets with Report Builder
    • Adapt report creation to the Report Builder Application
    • Opening Existing Reports
    • Working with Report Parts
  • Conclusion

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  • Course No : SQL-420
  •  Theory : 40%
  •  Lab : 60%
  • Duration : 18 hours

All attendees must have a general familiarity with databases prior to the class. Working knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server or Microsoft Office applications is encouraged.


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