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Chart Your Course
In many cases, the best way to convey business intelligence is through business graphics. Bar charts, pie charts, and line graphs are useful tools for giving meaning to endless volumes of data. They can quickly reveal trends and patterns to aid in data analysis. They compress lines upon lines of numbers into a format that can be understood in a moment.
In addition, charts can increase the reader’s interest in your information. A splash of color excites the reader. Where endless lines of black on white lull people to sleep, bars of red and blue and pie wedges of purple and green wake people up.
You create charts in Reporting Services using the chart report item. The chart report item is a data region like the tablix. This means the chart can process multiple records from a dataset. The tablix enables you to place other report items in a row, a column, or a list area, which is repeated for every record in the dataset. The chart, on the other hand, uses the records in a dataset to create bars, lines, or pie wedges. You cannot place other report items inside a chart item.

  

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