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SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) has been available for almost 10 years. I first heard about it at the 2003 PASS Summit. I knew that it could solve some problems for me back at work. The managers in the IT department had reports in MS Access pointing to the trouble ticket system database. The report definitions, while starting out the same at one time, had been manipulated in the individual MS Access copies so that none of the numbers were matching up between managers.
My solution was to recreate all of these reports using SSRS so that all the managers were running the same reports. It wasn’t long before they came up with more requests. Eventually, some of the other departments were making requests of me as well for reports.
As a database administrator, I had lots of other work to do. I decided to train several others to develop reports so I didn’t get stuck doing all the work. Eventually, after leaving that job, I had a handful of other opportunities to teach SSRS.
People learn in different ways. If you need to learn SSRS, you have two opportunities to learn it from me. I have written an entry level SSRS book and I will be teaching SSRS virtually August 26 – 29 for Pragmatic Works.
SSRS is a great feature of SQL Server. Here are two ways to add this skill and increase your value to your company or help you find that next job.