Reporting in SQL Server 2008
Reporting Services has had a major overhaul in SQL Server 2008. At the backend the architecture has been completely changed to make it faster and easier to manage. A new data grid, tablix, allows for the design of more complicated reports and the charting has also been significantly improved. The best news for developers and DBA's is the new report designer tool which can be used by end users and IT professionals alike to get access to all of the functionality of reporting services from an office style application.
I am a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft UK specialising in data . I got interested in large databases while at HM Customs in the nineties as part of the move to intelligence led resourcing, but another inititive namely outsourcing meant that career no2 was in the in the private sector working for a number of gold partners, before joining Microsoft 8 years ago. I got into SQL Server in v6 and have used this platform almost exclusively since then for a wide variety of clients from tiny breweries to global banks. Now I am at Microsoft I work on proof of concepts currently around the Cortana Analytics Suite like Machine Learning and Data Lake.
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