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The Benefits of Upgrading From SSRS to Power BI

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A company faced the critical decision of transitioning from SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services) reports to Power BI as their primary reporting platform. This shift posed a multitude of questions and challenges due to the extensive scope of the task. The company had accumulated nearly a thousand SSRS reports, a considerable portion of which had fallen into disuse over the years. These redundant reports, created as one-time solutions to past issues, continued to run in the background, consuming valuable server resources. The company urgently needed to identify and decommission these unused reports while seamlessly upgrading the active ones to Power BI in the search of speed and accurate data. They needed a partner to help with the transition so their team was able to focus on the day to day operations and focus on the business. 


In tackling this substantial undertaking, a strategic approach was essential. The project commenced with the identification of reports that were the highest priority for conversion to Power BI, discerning which reports could continue operating within the SSRS framework. After completing the conversion of priority reports, the team leveraged the SSRS reporting database to pinpoint the reports that were no longer in use. The subsequent process involved a meticulous examination of the processes supporting these redundant reports.
While it might have been tempting to delete these processes, there was a valid concern regarding potential unintended impacts on production data. As a result, a cautious and thorough examination of each process was carried out, ensuring that production data remained unaffected during the decommissioning process. Once this phase was completed, the team proceeded to convert the remaining SSRS reports to Power BI.

Tech Stack:

SQL, SSIS, SSRS, Power BI, Microsoft Azure 


The shift to Power BI marked a significant improvement in data interaction and reporting capabilities. Unlike SSRS reports, which required users to run a report and then wait for results, Power BI offered dynamic, real-time data interaction. Users could effortlessly manipulate data by moving filter sliders, instantly filtering the entire dataset. This enhanced data interactivity led to more efficient reporting practices among the company's employees, ultimately contributing to improved operational efficiency.
Furthermore, the elimination of unused processes had a notable impact on query performance. Query times were drastically reduced, simplifying the company's overall data environment and enhancing the responsiveness of its reporting system. This comprehensive transition to Power BI not only improved the quality of reporting but also streamlined data management processes, ensuring the company's reports were both effective and efficient. There was a massive productivity and efficiency gain shared throughout the entire organization.

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