I want to thank the Chicago Suburban SQL Connections user group for inviting me to present! I hopped in the Fit and took a mini-road trip down to Downers Grove, IL on Tuesday, August 2 (with a stop at Mars Cheese Castle along the way!).

I gave a preview of my PASS Summit 2011 presentation, Reporting Services 201: From Basic to WOW! The presentation shows you how to take a simple table and make it pop, using report properties, table properties, tablix, lists and charts. It’s a very fun, interactive session and I always learn something new when I give it. The Connections audience was awesome – they had a lot of great questions for me, and were able to help answer each other’s questions as well. I think I was able to spark a desire in a couple people to get started with SSRS, convince a couple people to move from 2005 to 2008, and help people that use it every day already.

The PowerPoint presentation and all .rdl files can be downloaded here.