20768: Developing SQL Data Models

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Description

About this course

This three-day instructor-led course is aimed at database professionals who fulfil a Business Intelligence (BI) developer role. This course looks at implementing multidimensional databases by using SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS), and at creating tabular semantic data models for analysis with SSAS.

 

Audience profile

The primary audience for this course are database professionals who need to fulfil BI Developer role to create enterprise BI solutions.  Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Implementing multidimensional databases by using SQL Server Analysis Services
  • Creating tabular semantic data models for analysis by using SQL Server Analysis Services
  • The secondary audiences for this course are ‘power’ information workers/data analysts.

 

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 database
  • Use DAX to query a tabular model
  • Use data mining for predictive analysis

 

Prerequisites

This course requires that you meet the following prerequisites:

  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.
  • Working knowledge of Transact-SQL.
  • Working knowledge of relational databases.

 

Course Outline

 

Module 1: Introduction to Business Intelligence and Data Modeling

This module introduces key BI concepts and the Microsoft BI product suite.

 

Lessons

  • Introduction to Business Intelligence
  • The Microsoft business intelligence platform

 

Lab: Exploring a Data Warehouse

 

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the concept of business intelligence
  • Describe the Microsoft business intelligence platform

 

Module 2: Creating Multidimensional Databases

This module describes the steps required to create a multidimensional database with analysis services.

 

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:

  • Use multidimensional analysis
  • Create data sources and data source views
  • Create a cube
  • Describe cube security

 

Module 3: Working with Cubes and Dimensions

This module describes how to implement dimensions in a cube.

 

Lessons

  • Configuring dimensions
  • Define attribute hierarchies
  • Sorting and grouping attributes

 

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 how to implement measures and measure groups in a cube.

 

Lessons

  • Working with measures
  • Working with measure groups

 

Lab: Configuring Measures and Measure Groups

 

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Work with measures
  • Work with measure groups

 

Module 5: Introduction to MDX

This module describes the MDX syntax and how to use MDX.

 

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 the fundamentals of MDX
  • Add calculations to a cube
  • Query a cube using MDX

 

Module 6: Customizing Cube Functionality

This module describes how to customize a cube.

 

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 a Tabular Data Model by Using Analysis Services

This module describes how to implement a tabular data model in PowerPivot.

 

Lessons

  • Introduction to tabular data models
  • Creating a tabular data model
  • Using an analysis services tabular model in an enterprise BI solution

 

Lab: Working with an Analysis services tabular data model

 

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe tabular data models
  • Create a tabular data model
  • Be able to use an analysis services tabular data model in an enterprise BI solution

 

Module 8: Introduction to Data Analysis Expression (DAX)

This module describes how to use DAX to create measures and calculated columns in a tabular data model.

 

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 in a tabular data model

 

Module 9: Performing Predictive Analysis with Data Mining

This module describes how to use data mining for predictive analysis.

 

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 a data mining model

 

Lab: Perform Predictive Analysis with Data Mining

 

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe data mining
  • Use the data mining add-in for Excel
  • Create a custom data mining solution
  • Validate a data mining solution
  • Connect to and consume a data mining solution
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