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
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

"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

"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 Master SSRS 2008 (Online)

Duration: 4 Days
Location: Online
NEW IN 2013: Now includes Virtual Mentor time!

Training Course Sections

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Training Course Overview

Master Report Developers must hold unique traits to set themselves and their work apart from others. This four (half day) class is designed to take you to the next level in your understanding of SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services (SSRS). We use a variety of lab exercises to ensure lecture sessions are backed up by hands on experience. With the hands-on labs, you will learn how to create complex reports that use Analysis Services as a data source and custom code assemblies. This course will cover all the advanced topics of Reporting Services like scaled-out deployment, .Net integration and monitoring Reporting Services usage.

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 above average T-SQL skills already and a basic understanding of MDX and VB. This class assumes that you have a strong understanding of SSRS fundamentals. For example, you should already know and use the majority of the toolbox items before attending this class. It is not mandatory but ideally you should have an instance of SharePoint to follow some sections of the class.

System Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, or Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Vista operating system
  • 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 – Report Development

  1. Report Design Patterns
    • 5 Second Rule
    • Spotting Design Mistakes
    • Choosing Colors
    • Choosing Charts
    • Hands-on Lab: Identifying Report Design Mistakes
  2. .Net Integration
    • Why use Custom Code?
    • Direct Embedding
    • External Assemblies
    • Hands-on Lab: Implementing Custom Code
  3. Using SSAS as a Data Source
    • Building a Dynamic Cube Report
    • Tips and Tricks
    • Building a Data Mining Report
    • Hands-on Lab: Building a Dynamic Cube report

Day 2 – Report Development cont. and User Interface

  1. Advanced SSRS Expressions
    • Advanced Functions
    • Launch Office Tools from your report
    • Launching Bing Maps
    • Hands-on Lab: Dynamically launching Bing Maps
  2. Report Manager
    • Linked Reports
    • Object Visibility
    • My Reports
    • Hands-on lab: Using LInked Reports
  3. Report Builder 3.0
    • Train the Trainer: How to Teach End Users
    • Using Report Parts
    • Hands-on Lab: Building and Using Report Parts

Day 3 – Administration

  1. Configuration
    • Setting up an Email Server
    • Configuring an Execution Account
    • Understanding and Enabling Encryption Keys
    • Using SSL within SSRS
  2. Report Utilization
    • Setting up a Monitoring database
    • Scheduling Monitoring Database Updates
    • Usage Reports
    • Hands-on Lab: Implementing Report Server Monitoring Reports
  3. Security
    • Role based security explained
    • Creating System-Level Permissions
    • Creating Item-Level Permissions
    • Creating Custom Security Roles
    • Hands-on Lab: Creating and Using a Custom Security Role
  4. Performance
    • Creating Snapshots
    • Performance Tuning with Report Caching
    • SSRS Performance Counters
    • Hands-on Lab: Setting up a Report Snapshot

Day 4 – Enterprise Solutions

  1. Sharepoint Integration
    • Report Server Database
    • Configuration
    • Deployment
  2. Web Farm
    • Understanding Scaling-Out Architecture
    • Setup and Configuration
    • Network Load Balancing
  3. Data Driven Subscriptions
    • Building a Subscription
    • Monitoring Subscriptions
    • Debugging Failed Subscriptions
    • Hands-on Lab: Building a Data Driven Subscription
  4. Accessing Report Server Remotely
    • Report Server Internet Architecture
    • Setup Considerations
  5. Miscellaneous
    • Creating a Report Viewer Control
    • Creating Report Templates
    • Using Document Maps
    • Reporting on Recursive Data
    • Refresh Report Data from Word, PowerPoint, etc..
    • Using Reports to Start SQL Agent Jobs
    • Hands-on Lab: Creating a Document Map report
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