Fine Tune Your SQL Skills in 2 Days

Join Pragmatic Works as we tour the country with our live two-day sessions on SSIS, SSRS & Performance Tuning.  We target major cities providing affordable SQL training courses sure to be near your local home base. 

Microsoft SQL industry experts delivering quality training. 

Hone Your SQL Expertise

Remote SQL Server, SharePoint and Performance Tuning training classes saving you time and money.  We offer morning and afternoon sessions providing less time away from work at a fraction of the cost.   


Increase BI Knowledge in 1 Week

The Pragmatic Works BI Quick Start provides hands on labs teaching you how to build a fully functional prototype data warehouse using SQL Server. We train you on the complete Microsoft BI Platform: SSIS, SSAS, SSRS, and SharePoint BI in 5 days. Our  Business Intelligence courses are taught in major cities throughout the United States.


Master SSIS Workshop
I have taken probably 50 training classes in my career and this one was, by far, the best one I've taken. Perfect match for what I was looking for. Great job!

- Peter Tassmer, ConnectiCare

Performance Tuning Workshop
Thank you guys so much for coming to Denver. That was the best DBA class I have taken. I really hope you're coming back next year to talk 2014!

- Michael Husler, NOAA Federal

Performance Tuning Workshop
Class was overflowing with value delivered by extremely competent professionals and instructors and I have walked away truly enriched by it.

- Zoran Cvijetic
Sr. SQL Server DBA /
Database Systems Architect
20th Century Fox
Performance Tuning Workshop
If you have the time and money, please take the workshop. You might even learn something like this old IT guy did.

-John F Miner III, Senior SQL Developer at Total Quality Management
Virtual Training

"This is the class that got me going on SSRS. The format: a unique combination of an online class where you still could interact personally with the instructor. The class content: Starting from scratch so everyone can keep up. The instructor: I have also taken other Pragmatics webcasts and these people are specialized in BI"

-Philip Leduc

Virtual Training

"The best providers of high quality Microsoft BI related virtual and on-site classes. Their assistance during class, hands-on approach as well as post-class help made for a great experience"

Cosmin Ioan
Sr. Data Architect at Acquinity Interactive

Virtual Training
If you have become or expect to become responsible for SQL Server Analysis Services in your shop you owe it to yourself to take this course.

Bryant Byrd,
Sr. BI Systems Analyst
Eastman Chemical Company

Virtual Training

"I'm impressed by the number of examples involved in the training, the affordability of the class, and more than anything, the fact that I can keep a video recording of the training after it's over. Pragmatic Works is the first place I look to and recommend for SQL training. "

Jason Hurley

Pragmatic SSRS 2008 (Online)

Duration: 4 Days
Location: Online

SSRS Training

  • Develop reports with graphical representation of your data
  • Make your reports dynamic
  • Understand the concepts of dashboard design for your reports
  • Report off your Cubes, deploy and manage your reports and set-up subscriptions
NEW IN 2013: Now includes Virtual Mentor time!

Training Course Sections

Instructor Date/Time Cost Registration Link

Training Course Overview

A four day class designed to help you understand all aspects of SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services (SSRS), the reporting tool of choice for SQL Server developers. We will use a variety of lab exercises and small projects to ensure you gain familiarity in how the design and execution environments work and be prepared to build your own real world applications using this SQL Server subsystem. Students will learn how to use SSRS in the real-world. With the hands-on labs, you will learn how to create complex reports. This course will cover all the key concepts of Reporting Services from basic reporting, parameters, deploying, and scheduling.

IMPORTANT: When you purchase a seat in this class you also receive 2 hours of our BI Virtual Mentor service for assistance with YOUR project work. This remote service lets you work ONE on ONE with our BI mentors to accelerate YOUR project and further improve YOUR skills. Your Virtual Mentor hours can be used during business hours anytime during the 12 months following your class. To set up a session, download this simple questionaire, fill it out, and send it as an attachment to This unique Pragmatic Works offering insures that your training will translate into real world success for YOUR projects.

Training Course Prerequisites

The target of this class is at developers, architects or IT professionals who have basic SQL skills already. This class assumes that you have no previous knowledge of SSRS. In some of the coding modules, it is useful (but not mandatory) that the student has some basic VB experience. You will need to know how to run a query inside of SQL Server 2008.

System Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
  • 1 GHz or faster CPU
  • 1 GB of available RAM (recommended 2 GB)
  • 20 GB of free hard drive space
  • SQL Server Developer Edition, Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition with the client tools, SSIS and SSRS.
  • AdventureWorks2008 and AdventureWorksDW2008 databases installed on the instance.

Terms & Conditions

Class Recordings

A class recording will be available via the web for a limited time for students who missed a session. Recordings are copyright protected and may not be distributed to others.

One Student Per Seat

We limit the number of students in each class to maintain a proper student to instructor ratio. Each purchased seat in a Virtual Training class is for use by one student only.

Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy

Students must provide at least 14 days’ notice to reschedule or withdraw from a class. In the case of withdrawal a credit will be issued for another Virtual Training class of similar value. Cancellation/reschedule with less than 14 days’ notice is subject to a fee of 100% of the total price.

We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule a class up to 2 weeks prior to the start date. Any students in a cancelled or rescheduled class have the option of a refund or credit to be used for another Virtual Training class of similar value.

Training Course Outline

Day 1

1. Introduction to the SSRS Architecture:

  • Architecture - Report Server / Report Manager
  • IIS vs. HTTP.sys
  • Installation - Native/SharePoint Integrater
  • Report Server vs. Report Manager

2. Data Warehousing

  • Why do you need a data warehouse
  • Data warehouse vs. Transactional Database
  • Dimension Table
  • Fact Table

3. Introduction to the environment

  • Creating a project
  • What is the difference between the project and solution
  • Solution Explorer
  • Shared Data sources
  • Shared Datasets (r2 only)
  • Design tab
  • Preview tab
  • Report Data Pane

4. Report Wizard

  • Query Builder
  • Report Types (Tabular / Matrix)
  • Table Layout

5. Data Retrieval

  • Report Data Pane detail
  • Built In Fields
  • Parameters (high level)
  • Images
  • Data Source
  • Data Sets (high level - embedded / shared

6. Data Sets

  • Query Builder (Edit as Text)
  • Stored Procedure
  • Import (.RDL or .SQL)
  • Filter
  • Parameters (high level)

Day 2

1. Basic Toolbox Item

  • Text Box
  • Line
  • Table
  • Rectangle
  • List
  • Image
  • Sub report

2. Table & Matrix

  • What is the difference
  • Grouping Pane
  • Table - Detail Group
  • Matrix - Row and Column Grouping

3. Grouping Filtering / Sorting

  • Expands / Collapse Group
  • Sorting Option
  • Interactive Sorting

4. Advanced Parameters

  • Stored Procedure Parameters
  • Cascading Parameters
  • Default Values
  • Multi value
  • Dropdown menu

Day 3

1. Expressions, Functions, and Custom Code

  • Introduction to expression builder in reporting services
  • Using expressions to create dynamic reports
  • Using reporting services functions with expressions
  • Extending reports with custom code

2. Advanced Toolbox Items - more advanced report objects

  • Chart
  • Gauge
  • Map
  • Data Bars
  • Spark Lines
  • Indicators

3. Dashboard Designs

  • Planning out a dashboard
  • Common component uses
  • Eye catching dashboard design

4. Querying MDX/Cubes

  • Analysis Services
  • MDX
  • Cubes
  • Data Warehousing
  • Lab: Create a report off a cube

Day 4

1. Reporting Services Configuration

  • Service Account
  • Web Service URL
  • Database
  • Report Manager URL
  • Email Settings
  • Execution Account
  • Encryption Keys
  • Scale Out Deployment

2. Report Parts (R2)

  • Creating Report Parts
  • Deploying Report Parts

3. Deployment

  • Report Project Properties
  • Target Data Set Folder
  • Target Data Source Folder
  • Target Report Folder
  • Target Report Part Folder
  • Target Server URL
  • Solution Configurations

4. Report Builder 3.0

  • Accessing Report Builder
  • Using Report Parts
  • Refreshing Report Parts

5. Report Manager

  • Hide in Tile View
  • Security
  • Report Caching

6. Subscription

  • New Subscription
  • New Data driven Subscription
  • Report Delivery Options

7. SharePoint

  • Deploying to SharePoint
  • Viewing Reports in SharePoint
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