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SSRS training provider recommendations, please?


SSRS training provider recommendations, please?

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This is a two-part question:

(1) Do you have a technology training provider that you love? I need a 3-day or 5-day class with an intro to administration and/or development. I can travel within the US, so facility location isn't an issue.

(2) We are running 2005, and I confirmed with the VP that there are are no plans to upgrade in the near future. Those of you who know both versions, would I still benefit from a 2008 class? SSRS 2005 classes are harder to find.

Thanks so much!


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I've attended several of Pragmatic Work's free SSRS webinars and have found them to be really well done. However a quick search shows no SSRS 2005 classes. If you are trying to do advanced reporting on SSRS 2005, I'd recommend that you push for an upgrade to 2008. It is such a huge improvement using the tablix over the matrix (no more InScopes) and the charting controls available in 2008 are so much better.

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I've seen the list of Pragmatic Works' free webinars. Will definitely do one if an SSRS one comes up. I have zero experience, so I also want a "ground up" kind of class, too. I have no decision-making power on an upgrade, but if I ever get the opportunity to make a suggestion, I will. Thanks!


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As a matter of coincidence Pragmatic Works is running a webinar on SSRS this morning. Go here for more info:
http://pragmaticworks.com/Resources/webinars/Default.aspx
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w00t! Thanks. Registered. Hope it's not too over my head, but I'll get as much as I can out of it. :-)


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Shame you're not in the UK ...

With regard to the differences between 2005 and 2008, I wouldn't book a 2008 course. There are huge differences between the two versions (in many ways I prefer the earlier one). Here's a quick guide. In particular, the method of grouping in tables looks radically different (although underneath it isn't), indicators and gauges are new and charts are rewritten from start to finish. However, there are hundreds of other changes - it really is a completely new version.

Incidentally, for SSRS 2012 the differences are minimal.

Andy is a director of Wise Owl, a UK company providing training courses (and occasional consultancy) in SQL, Reporting Services, Integration Services and Analysis Services, as well as in many other Microsoft software applications. You can see more about Wise Owl's SQL Server training courses here.
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