How to Get SSRS Reports in Excel Without Exporting from Reporting Services

I’ve recently seen a wave of questions from clients and peers about difficulties exporting reports to Excel lately.  Every few weeks I get a call or question about this.  This topic has been a recurring theme for a very long time and one that I have encountered many times over the past – oh, eleven years or more – using SSRS.  Business users like Excel because it’s what they know and they can reformat and manipulate data in a workbook.  People like Reporting Services because all the hard work of connecting to data sources, writing queries, totaling, grouping and formatting the results gets done once and then all they need to do is run the report.  Users want the best of both worlds and they expect that when they export a report to Excel that they should have their cake and eat it.  In other words; they should be able to get a report, with all the goodness of headers, scrolling regions, pagination, interactive sorting – you name it – to work exactly the same way in Excel.  Many improvements have been made to all of the report rendering extensions over the years and the Excel export story is better than ever but here’s the deal – bottom line – the more rich formatting and advanced functionality that gets designed into an SSRS report, the less likely it is to export all that functionality to Excel or any other rendering format. Continue reading

Simulating NOT IN and NOT LIKE Functionality In SSRS Filter Expressions – TechNet Wiki Post

I just finished reviewing the November entries in the TechNet Wiki Guru competition and was quite impressed with the submission from Visakh Murukesan who submitted an article titled “Random SSRS Musings 2 : Simulating NOT IN and NOT LIKE Functionality In SSRS Filter Expressions”.  I found this to be a well written post with excellent examples.  These are both excellent examples of how simple expressions can be used to extend the capabilities of reporting features.