Developing SQL Data Models

The focus of this 3-day course is on creating managed enterprise BI solutions. It describes how to implement both multidimensional and tabular data models and how to create cubes, dimensions, measures, and measure groups. This course helps you prepare for the Exam 70-768.

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

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

Audience

The primary audience for this course are database professionals who need to fulfill 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

Available Course Dates

07/19/2017 10:00 am - 07/21/2017 5:00 pm
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