20466: Implementing Data Models and Reports with SQL Server 2014

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October 16, 2017 09:00 (EST) 5 $2,895.00 Register

About this course

The focus of this five-day instructor-led course is on creating managed enterprise BI solutions. It describes how to implement multidimensional and tabular data models, deliver reports with Microsoft® SQL Server® Reporting Services, create dashboards with Microsoft SharePoint Server PerformancePoint Services, and discover business insights by using data mining.

 

Note: This course is designed for customers who are interested in learning SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2014. It covers the new features in SQL Server 2014, but also the important capabilities across the SQL Server data platform.

 

Audience profile

This course is intended for database professionals who need to fulfill a Business Intelligence Developer role to create analysis and reporting solutions. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Implementing analytical data models, such as OLAP cubes.

  • Implementing reports, and managing report delivery.

  • Creating business performance dashboards.

  • Supporting data mining and predictive analysis.

 

At course completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the components, architecture, and nature of a BI solution.

  • Create a multidimensional database with Analysis Services.

  • Implement dimensions in a cube.

  • Implement measures and measure groups in a cube.

  • Use MDX Syntax.

  • Customize a cube.

  • Implement a Tabular Data Model in SQL Server Analysis Services.

  • Use DAX to enhance a tabular model.

  • Create reports with Reporting Services.

  • Enhance reports with charts and parameters.

  • Manage report execution and delivery.

  • Implement a dashboard in SharePoint Server with PerformancePoint Services.

  • Use Data Mining for Predictive Analysis.

 

Prerequisites

This course requires that you meet the following prerequisites:

At least 2 years’ experience of working with relational databases, including:

  • Designing a normalized database.

  • Creating tables and relationships.

  • Querying with Transact-SQL.

  • Some basic knowledge of data warehouse schema topology (including star and snowflake schemas).

  • Some exposure to basic programming constructs (such as looping and branching).

  • An awareness of key business priorities such as revenue, profitability, and financial accounting is desirable.

 

Course Outline

 

Module 1: Introduction to Business Intelligence and Data Modeling

As a SQL Server database professional, you may be required to participate in, or perhaps even lead, a project with the aim of implementing an effective enterprise BI solution. Therefore, it is important that you have a good understanding of the various elements that comprise a BI solution, the business and IT personnel typically involved in a BI project, and the Microsoft products that you can use to implement the solution.

 

Lessons

Introduction to Business Intelligence

The Microsoft Enterprise BI Platform

 

Lab: Exploring a BI Solution

 

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Describe the elements of a typical BI solution.

Select appropriate Microsoft technologies for a BI solution.

Describe key considerations for planning a BI project.

 

Module 2: Creating Multidimensional Databases

This module provides an introduction to multidimensional databases and introduces the core components of an Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) cube.

 

Lessons

Introduction to Multidimensional Analysis

Creating Data Sources and Data Source Views

Creating a Cube

Overview of Cube Security

 

Lab: Creating a Multidimensional Database

 

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Describe the considerations for a multidimensional database.

Create data sources and data source views.

Create a cube.

Implement security in a multidimensional database.

 

Module 3: Working with Cubes and Dimensions

This module describes how to create and configure dimensions and dimension hierarchies in an Analysis Services multidimensional data model.

 

Lessons

Configuring Dimensions

Defining Attribute Hierarchies

Sorting and Grouping Hierarchies

 

Lab: Working with Cubes and Dimensions

 

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Configure dimensions.

Define attribute hierarchies.

Sort and group attributes.

 

Module 4: Working with Measures and Measure Groups

This module describes measures and measure groups. It also explains how you can use them to define fact tables and associate dimensions with measures.

 

Lessons

Working with Measures

Working with Measure Groups

 

Lab: Configuring Measures and Measure Groups

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Configure measures.

Configure measure groups.

 

Module 5: Introduction to MDX

This module describes the fundamentals of MDX and explains how to build calculations, such as calculated members and named sets.

 

Lessons

MDX Fundamentals

Adding Calculations to a Cube

Using MDX to Query a Cube

 

Lab: Using MDX

 

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Describe MDX.

Add calculations to a cube.

Describe how to use MDX in client applications.

 

Module 6: Customizing Cube Functionality

This module describes how to enhance a cube with Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), actions, perspectives, and translations.

 

Lessons

Implementing Key Performance Indicators

Implementing Actions

Implementing Perspectives

Implementing Translations

 

Lab: Customizing a Cube

 

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Implement Key Performance Indicators.

Implement Actions.

Implement Perspectives.

Implement Translations.

 

Module 7: Implementing an Analysis Services Tabular Data Model

This module describes Analysis Services tabular data models and explains how to develop a tabular data model using the SQL Server Data Tools for Business Intelligence (BI) add-in for Visual Studio.

 

Lessons

Introduction to Tabular Data Models

Creating a Tabular Data Model

Using an Analysis Services Tabular Data Model in an Enterprise BI Solution

 

Lab: Implementing an Analysis Services Tabular Data Model

 

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Describe Analysis Services tabular data model projects.

Implement an Analysis Services tabular data model.

Use an Analysis Services tabular data model.

 

Module 8: Introduction to Data Analysis Expression (DAX)

This module explains the fundamentals of the DAX language. It also explains how you can use DAX to create calculated columns and measures, and how you can use them in your tabular data models.

 

Lessons

DAX Fundamentals

Using DAX to Create calculated Columns and Measures in a Tabular Data Model

 

Lab: Creating Calculated Columns and Measures by using DAX

 

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Describe the fundamentals of DAX.

Use DAX to create calculated columns and measures.

 

Module 9: Implementing Reports with SQL Server Reporting Services

This module introduces Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services and discusses the tools and techniques that a professional BI developer can use to create and publish reports.

 

Lessons

Introduction to Reporting Services

Creating a Report with Report Designer

Grouping and Aggregating Data in a Report

Showing Data Graphically

Filtering Reports Using Parameters

 

Lab: Creating a Report with Report Designer

 

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Describe the key features of Reporting Services.

Use Report Designer to create a report.

Group and aggregate data in a report.

Publish and view a report.

 

Module 10: Automating Report Execution and Delivery

This module describes how to apply security and report execution settings, and how to create subscriptions to deliver reports.

 

Lessons

Managing Report Security

Managing Report Execution

Delivering Reports with Subscriptions and Data Alerts

Troubleshooting Reporting Services

 

Lab: Implementing Report Subscriptions

 

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Configure security settings for a report server.

Configure report execution settings to optimize performance.

Use subscriptions and alerts to automate report and data delivery.

Troubleshoot reporting issues.

 

Module 11: Delivering BI with SharePoint PerformancePoint Services

This module introduces Microsoft SharePoint Server as a platform for BI, and then focuses on building BI dashboards and scorecards with PerformancePoint Services.

 

Lessons

Introduction to SharePoint Server as a BI Platform

Planning Security for a SharePoint Server BI Solution

Planning for PerformancePoint Services

 

Lab: Implementing PerformancePoint Services

 

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Describe SharePoint Server as a BI platform.

Use PerformancePoint Services to deliver BI functionality.

Configure PerformancePoint Data Sources.

Create Reports, Scorecards, and Dashboards.

 

Module 12: Performing Predictive Analysis with Data Mining

This module introduces data mining, describes how to create a data mining solution, how to validate data mining models, how to use the Data Mining Add-ins for Microsoft Excel, and how to incorporate data mining results into Reporting Services reports.

 

Lessons

Overview of Data Mining

Using the Data Mining Add-in for Excel

Creating a Custom Data Mining Solution

Validating a Data Mining Model

Connecting to and Consuming Data Mining Data

 

Lab: Using Data Mining to Support a Marketing Campaign

 

After completing this module, you will be able to:

Describe the key data mining concepts and use the Data Mining Add-ins for Excel.

Create a data mining solution.

Validate data mining models.

Use data mining data in a report.