IEBI: Immersion Event on Business Intelligence

Even with little to no knowledge of BI, this course will provide you with immediately-usable, production-level knowledge of BI. The SQL Server training course has been designed for anyone who needs to become familiar with all facets of the BI stack—SSIS, SSAS, SSRS, and Excel. Are you a DBA who wants to better understand how to support BI projects on your servers? Or do you need to jumpstart your skills so you can start building solid, scalable BI solutions? This class might be the perfect way to advance your career and dig deeper into topics that don’t typically get covered in most BI classes.

Maybe you accomplish quite a bit with Excel – but how do you get the data there? Quite a few folks use cut-and-paste, or import from a CSV – but of course there’s a much better, and much more scalable and robust way using SSIS! Relational data warehousing – with lots of aggregate tables – helps you keep your data organized for Excel or any other type of reporting or analysis tool that you might want to use, but some types of business questions are answered more easily when you move your data from the data warehouse into SSAS cubes. Whether you store data in tables or cubes, you have a variety of options in the BI stack to access and analyze the data, but which is best? Learn how to choose the right tool for the task and how to manage a secure and scalable environment for reporting and analysis.

The course starts out in the 100-200 range on Day 1 but moves into the 200-300 range for the remainder of the week. For each technology in the BI stack, you’ll learn basic usage and design principles, followed by more coverage of configuration, performance tuning, and other management tasks than you’ll find in most BI end-to-end classes. The course will not only bridge the gap in your BI knowledge, but will continue on to take you a lot further. If you’ve always wanted to immerse yourself into BI, figure out the end-to-end story, and go behind-the-scenes to learn how to develop and deploy BI solutions, this is the place to be!

Instructor: Stacia Misner

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Day 1: Preparing Data for Business Intelligence

  • Relational Data Warehousing
    • Requirements analysis
    • Data warehouse design principles
    • Building the physical model
  • Integration Services Development
    • Architecture
    • Package development and execution
    • Working with control flow and data flow components
  • Dynamic Package Development
    • Working with expressions
    • Scripting in Integration Services
    • Debugging packages

Day 2: Preparing Data for Business Intelligence

  • Managing Package Reliability
    • Logging and auditing techniques
    • Package transactions
    • Checkpoints
  • Package Performance Tuning
    • Execution threads and execution trees
    • Tips for optimizing package performance
    • Using monitoring tools
  • Managing Integration Services in Production
    • Configuring packages
    • Deploying packages
    • Securing packages
    • Executing packages

Day 3: Building a Business Intelligence Foundation

  • Analysis Services Development
    • Techniques for developing data source views
    • Dimension and cube development
    • Storage modes
    • Processing options
  • Designing Aggregations
    • User hierarchies and attribute relationships
    • Aggregation Design Wizard versus Usage Based Optimization
    • Tuning aggregations
  • Using MDX to Enhance a Cube
    • MDX fundamentals
    • MDX calculations
    • MDX Script

Day 4: Building a Business Intelligence Foundation

  • Managing Analysis Services in Production
    • Scalability options
    • Securing cube access and dimensions
    • Using deployment tools
    • Working with XMLA scripts
    • Using Integration Services to automate database processing
    • Backing up and restoring an analysis services database
  • Tabular vs. Multidimensional
    • Business Intelligence Semantic Model (BISM)
    • Data model layer
    • Business logic and queries layer
    • Data access layer
  • Getting Started with DAX
    • Usage
    • Characteristics
    • Data types
    • Functions
    • Queries

Day 5: Developing the Presentation Layer

  • Introduction to Reporting Services
    • Report design tools
    • Report items
    • Tablix concepts
    • Using expressions
    • Configuring parameters
    • Creating data visualizations
  • Managing Reporting Services in Production
    • Reporting services architecture
    • Report server management
    • Report deployment
    • Securing reports
  • Business Intelligence in Excel 2013
    • Pivot tables and pivot charts for analysis
    • Power Pivot
    • Power View
    • Power Map
    • Power Query
    • Options for self-service versus collaboration

Ready to register? Please see our Immersion Events Schedule for class dates and our comprehensive Immersion Events F.A.Q. for class costs and other frequently asked questions.


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