SQL Server End to End Business Intelligence

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Prerequisites:

# Basic knowledge of Business Intelligence
# Knowledge of relational database systems
# Experience with SQL Server database to the level of Microsoft course M2779 or M6232

Course Description:

Business intelligence solutions provide the infrastructure that enables users at all levels of a business to make better decisions based on more accurate and up-to-date information. This workshop focuses on teaching IT professionals the best practices and skills required to successfully design, build and operate a business intelligence solution using SQL Server 2008 Integration Services, Analysis Services, Reporting Services, PerformancePoint Monitoring/Analytics and ProClarity.

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Prerequisites:

# Basic knowledge of Business Intelligence
# Knowledge of relational database systems
# Experience with SQL Server database to the level of Microsoft course M2779 or M6232

Course Description:

Business intelligence solutions provide the infrastructure that enables users at all levels of a business to make better decisions based on more accurate and up-to-date information. This workshop focuses on teaching IT professionals the best practices and skills required to successfully design, build and operate a business intelligence solution using SQL Server 2008 Integration Services, Analysis Services, Reporting Services, PerformancePoint Monitoring/Analytics and ProClarity.

This course is designed for IT professionals who are interested in learning how to implement Business Intelligence solutions on the Microsoft BI Stack. Basic knowledge of common business requirements for a BI solution is assumed and some experience with SQL Server is required.

This course includes the following modules:

Business Intelligence Overview

  • Business intelligence (BI)
  • Extract Transform and Load (ETL)
  • SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
  • SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS)
  • SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)
  • PerformancePoint Services for SharePoint
  • ProClarity
  • SharePoint
  • Master Data Management (MDM)

Designing Business Intelligence Solution

  • Reviewing requirements: Identify each products role in the BI solution
  • Discuss whether to use a staging database
  • Discuss use of slowly changing dimensions (SCD)
  • Introduce temporal / rapidly changing dimensions (RCD)
  • Discuss use of surrogate keys
  • Discuss data warehousing techniques
  • Discuss timely delivery of data from source to destination (daily, hourly, real-time)
  • Discuss data warehouse schema design with advantages and disadvantages: Star; Snowflake; Normalised; Combination
  • Discuss designing a time dimension: Surrogate key

Creating the Data Warehouse

  • Table design
  • Partitioned tables
  • Primary and foreign keys
  • Data types
  • Logging and error tables
  • Index considerations

Loading the Data Warehouse

  • SSIS basics
  • Configurations
  • Logging
  • Lookups
  • Fast-load and table partitioning
  • Using switch and merge
  • Late arriving data
  • Change Data Capture (CDC SQL 2008 sources only)
  • Package design
  • Transactions
  • Checkpoints

Creating the Analysis Cube

  • Data source views
  • Dimensions
  • Dimension Attributes
  • Measures
  • Cubes
  • Best practice warnings

Enhancing the Analysis cube

  • Calculated measures
  • Calculated members
  • Names sets (Dynamic / Static)
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPI)
  • Perspectives
  • Actions: Drillthrough; Report; URL
  • Partitions
  • Storage design
  • Designing aggregations
  • User-based optimisation (UBO)
  • Partition slice alignment
  • Security Roles
  • Processing design

Producing the User Interface

  • Best Tool for the job
  • Infrastructure design
  • Where to use SSRS , PAS, PerformancePoint

Creating reports with Reporting Services

  • Show differences between BIDS and Report Builder 2.
  • Creating a report
  • Tools
  • Related reports
  • Parameters
  • Deploying: Standalone SSRS; SharePoint Integrated

Analyzing data with ProClarity

  • Describe positioning of ProClarity Desktop / PAS Server
  • Designing pages
  • Saving and publishing briefing books
  • Unique views
  • Decomposition trees
  • Perspectives
  • Performance Maps
  • Introduce slicers

Creating dashboards with PerformancePoint Monitoring and Analytics

  • Dashboard design best practice
  • Data Sources

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