Assuming I have SQL Server, what else do I need to run the report designer for Reporting Services and the Business Intelligence Analyzer? It sounds like the Visual Studio environment hosts these tools, but what version of Visual Studio is required: Express, Standard or Professional? In other words, what do I need to buy after SQL Server to design reports for SQL Server Reporting Services?
All you need to create reports for SSRS is the
SQL Server Business Intelligence
Development Studio (BIDS), which is basically Visual Studio with only the SQL Server components installed. The good news is that BIDS comes with most versions of SQL Server. If you have the client tools installed you will have BIDS.
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