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  • Blog Post: Power View and Reporting Services 2012 Book

    Several projects kept me very busy over the past year. I will talk more about a few of these in subsequent postings now that some are publicly disclosed in the meantime. In this posting, I am very happy to announce the availability of “ Professional Reporting Services 2012 ”. After the successful Report...
  • Blog Post: Turn-Based Gaming Against AI in RS Reports (aka BI Power Hour 2009)

    At the traditional annual “BI Power Hour” sessions several teams contributing to the Microsoft Business Intelligence platform show off their technology in a fun way.  It is about demonstrating, in perhaps unusual ways, of how business intelligence and various tools of the BI stack can be useful...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM

      SQL Server 2008 R2   was just released to manufacturing (RTM) today. You can read more details about the overall SQL Server 2008 R2 release here .   SQL Server 2008 R2 is a big release, with new “editions” (MSDN contains the detailed feature by edition matrix ), and includes also...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP – What’s New In Reporting Services?

    The November CTP download is available for MSDN and TechNet subscribers. The public download is available here . The feature pack download is now also available and includes Report Builder 3.0 as well as the RS add-ins for SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010. The Data Platform Insider blog provides...
  • Blog Post: RS Maps with ESRI Shapefile

    In a previous post , I demonstrated how to use a SQL Server spatial query as source for geospatial visualizations.  ESRI Shapefile is another type of spatial data supported in Reporting Services Maps in SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP. There are a number of free ESRI shapefile data sources available...
  • Blog Post: RS Maps with Spatial Data and Bing Maps

    SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP includes map visualization functionality in Reporting Services , as briefly described yesterday. In this posting, I’m going to provide an introduction of how to use spatial data and Bing Maps with Reporting Services Maps. The attachment of this posting includes...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP – What’s New In Reporting Services?

    The August CTP download is available for MSDN and TechNet subscribers. The public download is now also active here . The Data Platform Insider blog provides an overview of what's new in this first public CTP release for SQL Server 2008 R2. If you are reading my blog, you are probably interested in...
  • Blog Post: Multi-Player Gaming in RS (aka BI Power Hour 2008)

    At the traditional annual “BI Power Hour” sessions, several teams that contribute to the Microsoft Business Intelligence platform show off their technology in a fun way. It is about demonstrating, in perhaps unusual ways, of how business intelligence and various tools of the BI stack can...
  • Blog Post: Dynamic Drilldown in Reports and Charts

    Just a quick post to reference two interesting reads about designing dynamic drilldown in reports: Sean Boon blogged about an approach to implement drilldown on charts with Reporting Services when Analysis Services is used as the data source. Chris Webb then created a great blog posting on how...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Guide to Color Scales / Conditional Formatting

    I recently provided a tip to my Australian colleague David Lean to successfully solve a small report design challenge with tables and charts that use conditional formatting. The specific goal was to dynamically calculate and assign a color shade so that the minimum value present in the data is shown...
  • Blog Post: Custom Report Item

    Custom Report Item in Reporting Services 2005 This server extensibility feature introduced in Reporting Services 2005 (RS 2005) provides the ability to develop custom report items for embedding in reports. Examples of resources available that provide insights into how one can build custom report item...
  • Blog Post: Trendlines (Calculated Series) in Reporting Services Charts

    One of the new chart features in Reporting Services 2008 is the ability to add chart series calculated from another series. This is accomplished by right-clicking an existing series (data point value) and selecting "Add Calculated Series ..." from the popup menu. You can choose from a variety...
  • Blog Post: All Things Data Visualization (Sparkline Reports, Silverlight Charts)

    My colleagues Sean Boon and Alex Gorev recently started their own blogs with focus on data visualization. You can expect to see more postings on their blogs in future on how to effectively utilize Reporting Services 2008 charts and gauges to make your reports really stand out. Sean started his...
  • Blog Post: Charts with Dynamic Height or Width based on Categories/Data

    You may have been in this situation before - you designed a chart based on a particular dataset and everything looks great. However, later the data volume increases, or new categories dynamically show up in your data source, and there is not enough horizontal/vertical space in the chart to show all the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Chart Controls for .NET Framework 3.5 Released!

    One of the projects the data visualization group within the Reporting Services team has been working on is building stand-alone ASP.NET and Windows Forms Chart Controls for the .NET Framework 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008, similar to what has been already available as built-in chart functionality in SQL...
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