Implementing and Maintaining SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services and Business Intelligence Solutions

Course:  SSASBI
Duration:  5 Days [note]
Level:  I
Course Summary

This course will teach students to design and maintain business intelligence solutions for their organization using SQL Server 2008. They will learn how to use the SQL Server development tools to create Analysis Services databases and OLAP cubes. In addition, they will learn to implement complete business intelligence solutions from design to development to production and, finally, end user analysis and reporting.

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Topics Covered In This Course

Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services

  • Overview of Data Analysis Solutions
  • Overview of SQL Server Analysis Services
  • Installing SQL Server Analysis Services

Creating Multidimensional Analysis Solutions

  • Developing Analysis Services Solutions
  • Creating Data Sources and Data Source Views
  • Creating a Cube

Working with Cubes and Dimensions

  • Configuring Dimensions
  • Defining Attribute Hierarchies
  • Sorting and Grouping Attributes

Working with Measures and Measure Groups

  • Working with Measures
  • Working with Measure Groups

Querying Multidimensional Analysis Solutions

  • MDX Fundamentals
  • Adding Calculations to a Cube

Customizing Cube Functionality

  • Implementing Key Performance Indicators (KPI)
  • Implementing Actions
  • Implementing Perspectives
  • Implementing Translations

Deploying and Securing an Analysis Services Database

  • Deploying an Analysis Services Database
  • Securing an Analysis Services Database

Maintaining a Multidimensional Solution

  • Configuring Processing
  • Logging, Monitoring, and Optimizing an Analysis Services Solution
  • Backing Up and Restoring an Analysis Services Database

Introduction to Data Mining

  • Overview of Data Mining
  • Creating a Data Mining Solution
  • Validating Data Mining Models

Tuning SSAS

  • Index Creation, Maintenance, and Tuning
  • Using SQL Server Profiler against SSAS Cubes
  • Proactive Caching Overview
  • Benefits of Proactive Caching
  • Implementing Proactive Caching
  • Aggregation Design and Tuning

SQL Server Integration Services

  • Overview of SSIS
  • SSIS Designer
  • Running SSIS Packages
  • Populating a Data Warehouse with SSIS

Integrating SSAS and MS Excel

  • Installing Microsoft Office 2007 Tools
  • Connecting to SSAS Cubes
  • Creating Pivot Tables and Charts against Cubes

Reporting Services

  • Overview of Reporting Services
  • Setting Up and Configuring Reporting Services
  • Creating Reports using Business Intelligence Development Studio
  • Creating Ad Hoc Reports using Report Builder
What You Can Expect

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand how SQL Server Analysis Services can be used to implement analytical solutions
  • Create multidimensional analysis solutions
  • Implement dimensions and cubes
  • Implement measures and measure groups
  • Query a multidimensional Analysis Services solution
  • Customize an Analysis Services cube
  • Deploy and secure an Analysis Services database
  • Maintain a multidimensional Analysis Services solution
  • Implement a Data Mining solution
  • Tune SSAS cubes
  • Design SSAS for performance
  • Load Data Warehouse solutions using SSIS
  • Create and implement Reporting Solutions using SQL Server Reporting Services
  • Integrate SSAS with Microsoft Excel
  • Create Excel Reports against cubes
  • Expose cubes in a SharePoint environment
Who Should Take This Course

Individuals who design and maintain business intelligence solutions and who work in environments where databases play a key role in their primary job and may perform database administration, database design, data warehouse design, maintenance, or ETL as part of their primary job responsibilities.

Individuals, including report writers, business analysts, and financial analysts, who develop applications that deliver content from SQL Server Analysis Services to the organization.

Recommended Prerequisites

Experience navigating the Microsoft Windows Server environment. Also, experience with Microsoft SQL Server, including: SQL Server query language (SELECT, UPDATE, INSERT, and DELETE), SQL Server System tables, and SQL Server accounts (users and permissions).

Training Style

Instructor led Lecture (50%) and Lab (50%).

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