Your hands-on guide to learning Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services, Microsoft’s customizable reporting solution for business data analysis. Reporting Services is a powerful tool for business intelligence, so an understanding of the essentials—how to architect a report, as well as how to install and program Reporting Services—is key to harnessing the full benefits of SQL Server. This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to get started, how to use the report project wizard, how to think about and access data, and how to build queries. It also walks you through the creation of charts and visual layouts to enable maximum visual understanding of the data analysis. Interactivity features (enhanced in SQL Server 2005) and security are also covered in detail. With STEP BY STEP, you work at your own pace through hands-on, learn-by-doing exercises. Whether you’re a beginning programmer or new to this version of the technology, you’ll understand the fundamental techniques for using Reporting Services. A companion CD includes data sets and sample code.