What Types of Reports Can You Create?

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This presentation is part of LearnItFirst's SQL Server 2012: A Comprehensive Introduction course. The video that contains this presentation can be watched here: …

This presentation is part of LearnItFirst's SQL Server 2012: A Comprehensive Introduction course. The video that contains this presentation can be watched here:


There are many different report types that we can work with within Reporting Services, and this video will cover many of the common types. We will not cover every reporting type, but rather give you an overview of the visual effects that a particular element will add to a report, and when you should use them.

Highlights from this slideshow:

- Walking through the different parts of a dashboard report
- What are Sparklines and what are they good for?
- What are line charts and what do they offer that Sparklines can't?
- Bar charts are better for what?
- What are gauges and indicators mainly use for?
- What type of chart would you use to show proportion?

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  • 1. p. 111Chapter: SQL Server 2012 Reporting ServicesCourse: SQL Server 2012 - A Comprehensive IntroductionCourse ID: 170Instructor: Scott WhighamChapter 17: Video # 2What Types ofReports Can YouCreate?
  • 2. p. 222Remember that dashboard your execs wanted?
  • 3. p. 333That dashboard was prettysophisticated– Sparklines are “word-sized charts” that can fit intosmall, word-size spaces
  • 4. p. 444Sparklines are great for high-level metrics
  • 5. p. 555Line charts are bigger and offermore context than sparklines– Ideal for showing trends, history– Best used for time series and sequences
  • 6. p. 666Line charts can be big or small
  • 7. p. 777Bar charts are great forcomparing data points– Line charts are great for trend spotting– Bar charts are visually better for directcomparisons and proportion
  • 8. p. 888Data bars are little, bitty barcharts embedded within the row– We could have made a “full blown” barchart also
  • 9. p. 999Gauges are visual analogies– Great for showing progress– Two types:• Radial• Linear
  • 10. p. 101010Indicators are inline gauges
  • 11. p. 111111Maps are awesomeness, pure andsimple– Can show shapes, or shapes with satelliteimage overlays, or just satellite images
  • 12. p. 121212Pie and doughnut charts aregreat for showing proportion– A doughnut chart is just a pie chart with ahole in the middle!
  • 13. p. 131313Shape charts are another handyway to show proportion– Funnel and pyramid charts are popularchoices– You can define colors, 3D, more
  • 14. p. 141414Area charts are great for showingtrends– Displays data contiguously along the Xaxis (or “category axis”)
  • 15. p. 151515Range charts are similar buthave two values (the “range”)
  • 16. p. 161616Stock charts are useful when youhave multiple values per data point– A stock may have an opening price, minprice, max price, and average price
  • 17. p. 171717Tables are included in manyreports to provide additionalcontext or information relevant toother charts/graphs in the report
  • 18. p. 181818In the next video…–Report Authoring Tools: ReportBuilder and SQL Server Data Tools“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunitiesand an optimist is one who makes opportunities of hisdifficulties.”- Harry S. Truman