SQL Server 2008 R2 brought several new features into the SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services) arena. In the data visualization category, we now have three additional ways to display and visualize/analyze data in the reports:
- Sparkline and data bars – Sparkline and data bars are normally used inside tables and matrices to analyze the trend and series and compare them with each other.
- Indicators – If you are aware of KPIs, the concept of indicators is not new to you. As the name implies, indicators have icons to represent trends (up, down or flat), progress state, conditions.
- Maps – It allows you to create maps or maps layers to let you visualize data against a geographic background.
In this article, I am going to demonstrate how you can create map reports to analyze your data against a geographical background and then in the next article I will be talking about creating a map report with drill down functionality, click here for more information.