Reporting Improvements SQL Server 2016

We invited Paul Turley on the show to chat with us about some of the new features in SQL Server reporting services, but were pleasantly surprised to have the conversation take a different direction.  Paul talks about some of the new training available for those interested in visualizations and why this community can be hard to define–and connect with.  There are so many visualization options and even within Microsoft we have many products that overlap in functionality.  In addition to talking about the pick list items of new features, Paul gives some guidance and why you should choose certain products and what makes good use case scenarios for some of the new features.

With the new analytics features now available in SQL Server 2016 via SP1, I think there is going to be additional requirements for data professionals to provide better analytics features and this episode is a good starter for how to frame those conversations.

Listen to Learn

  • Why it can be hard to connect with others in the visualization community
  • Some of the new features in SQL Server 2016
  • Why choosing a visualization tool can be difficult
  • The initial architecture of reporting services
  • Good candidates for mobile reports
  • High level architecture for mobile reports
  • The new architecture of reporting services and support for multiple browsers

Our Guest

Paul Turley

Paul Turley is the owner of Intelligent Business, LLC a consultancy with dedicated Business Intelligence practitioners, visualization designers, mentors, instructors, project managers and solution architects.  He is one of the leaders of the Portland SQL Server users group.  Is both a Microsoft MVP and a Dun and Bradstreet MVP.

[There is] this challenge where the industry is very fragmented. It’s moving in different directions because businesses are adapting technology in different ways. The reason there are different tools because there are different needs and disciplines.

Meet the Hosts

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Carlos Chacon

With more than 10 years of working with SQL Server, Carlos helps businesses ensure their SQL Server environments meet their users’ expectations. He can provide insights on performance, migrations, and disaster recovery. He is also active in the SQL Server community and regularly speaks at user group meetings and conferences. He helps support the free database monitoring tool found at and provides training through SQL Trail events.

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Eugene Meidinger

Eugene works as an independent BI consultant and Pluralsight author, specializing in Power BI and the Azure Data Platform. He has been working with data for over 8 years and speaks regularly at user groups and conferences. He also helps run the GroupBy online conference.

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Kevin Feasel

Kevin is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and proprietor of Catallaxy Services, LLC, where he specializes in T-SQL development, machine learning, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL, president of the Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group, and author of the books PolyBase Revealed (Apress, 2020) and Finding Ghosts in Your Data: Anomaly Detection Techniques with Examples in Python (Apress, 2022). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.

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