No matter how many high quality reports you develop, your users will always want more.  They may want to change something on an existing report, do their own analysis on the same data, or create a brand new report altogether.  You have two choices: either you can spend all of our time meeting this never ending demand, or you can put great tools and resources in place to enable self-service reporting and analytics.  SQL Server 2008 R2 provides comprehensive tools and capabilities to satisfy even the most demanding user.  This unit in the SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course (a.k.a. SQLInsights) on MSDN will introduce you to the fundamentals of self-service reporting and analytics with SQL Server 2008 R2, including how to enable great reporting experiences for your users with Report Builder 3.0 and great analytical experiences with PowerPivot for Excel 2010.

Here’s an overview of what’s included:

11. Introduction to Self-Service Reporting and Analysis with SQL Server 2008 R2
Presentation: Self-Service Reporting Fundamentals with SQL Server 2008 R2
Demo: Self-Service Reporting with Report Builder 3.0
Presentation: Self-Service Analysis Fundamentals with SQL Server 2008 R2
Demo: Self-Service Analysis with SQL Server 2008 R2 PowerPivot for Excel 2010
Demo: Publishing and Sharing SQL Server 2008 R2 PowerPivot Workbooks with SharePoint 2010 Excel Services
Hands On Lab: Building and Sharing Your First Report Builder 3.0 Report
Hands On Lab: Building and Sharing Your First SQL Server 2008 R2 PowerPivot for Excel Workbook

You can find SQLInsights on the MSDN Training and Certification Resources page at the following URL:

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9761002

Watch the videos and review the hands-on labs. If you want to run the demos or hands-on labs on your own computer, download and install the offline training kit. You’ll find all the SQLInsights content in the Getting Started > BI Developers page.

This is eleventh and final SQLInsights unit.  We hope this training course helped you get started developing your first Microsoft BI solution. Thanks again for your interest in SQL Server 2008 R2!