Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Course 20467: 5 Day; Instructor-led

 

About this Course

This five-day instructor-led course teaches students how to design and implement a BI infrastructure. The course discusses design, installation. The course discusses design, installation, and maintenance of a BI platform.

 

This course maps to skills and knowledge measured by Microsoft Exam 70-467, and in conjunction with on-the-job experience, can help prepare you for the exam.

 

Audience Profile

This course is intended for BI professionals such as BI Architects or database professionals who need to design BI solutions. BI Architects are responsible for the overall design of the BI infrastructure, including how it relates to other data systems in use. In addition, their responsibilities include Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) cube design and integration with Microsoft SharePoint or line-of-business applications.

Prerequisites

Before attending this course, students must have:

      A basic understanding of dimensional modeling (star schema) for data warehouses.

      The ability to create Integration Services packages that include control flows and data flows.

      The ability to create a basic multidimensional cube with Analysis Services.

      The ability to create a basic tabular model with PowerPivot and Analysis Services.

      The ability to create Reporting Services reports with Report Designer.

      The ability to implement authentication and permissions in the SQL Server database engine, Analysis Services, and Reporting Services.

      Familiarity with SharePoint Server and Microsoft Office applications, particularly Excel.

 

Students who attend this training can meet the prerequisites by attending the following courses, or obtaining equivalent knowledge and skills:

      10777A: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

      10778A: Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

At Course Completion
After completing this course, students will be able to:

      Plan the components of a BI solution.

      Plan a BI infrastructure.

      Design a data warehouse.

      Design an ETL solution.

      Plan analytical data models.

      Plan a BI delivery solution.

      Design a Reporting Services solution.

      Design an Excel reporting solution.

      Plan a SharePoint Server BI solution.

      Monitor and optimize a BI solution.

      Plan for BI operations.

Course Outline

Module 1: Planning a BI Solution

This module discusses how to plan the components of a BI solution.

Lessons

      Elements of a BI Solution

      The Microsoft BI Platform

      Planning a BI Project

Lab : Planning a BI Solution

      Scoping a BI Solution

      Determining Software Requirements

After completing this module, students will be able to:

      Describe elements of a BI Solution.

      Describe how Microsoft products can be used to implement a BI solution.

      Describe considerations for a BI project.

Module 2: Planning SQL Server Business Intelligence Infrastructure

This module explains how to plan an appropriate BI infrastructure for a given set of BI services.

Lessons

      Considerations for BI Infrastructure

      Planning Data Warehouse Hardware

Lab : Planning a BI Infrastructure

      Planning Server Topology

      Planning Data Warehouse Server Hardware

After completing this module, students will be able to:

      Describe key considerations for BI infrastructure.

      Plan data warehouse infrastructure.

Module 3: Designing a Data Warehouse

This module explains how to design a data warehouse for a given set of user requirements.

Lessons

      Data Warehouse Design Overview

      Designing Dimension Tables

      Designing Fact Tables

      Designing a Data Warehouse Physical Implementation

Lab : Designing a Data Warehouse Logical Schema

      Identifying Business Processes and Dimensions

      Designing Dimension Models and Data Warehouse Tables

Lab : Designing a Data Warehouse Physical Implementation

      Designing File Storage

      Designing Warehouse Data Structures

After completing this module, students will be able to:

      Describe a process for designing a dimensional model for a data warehouse.

      Design dimensions tables for a data warehouse.

      Design fact tables for a data warehouse.

      Design and implement effective physical data structures for a data warehouse.

Module 4: Designing an ETL Solution

This module explains how to design an ETL solution for a data warehouse.

Lessons

      ETL Overview

      Planning Data Extraction

      Planning Data Transformation

      Planning Data Loads

Lab : Designing an ETL Solution

      Preparing for ETL Design

      Creating Source-to-Target Documentation

      Using SSIS To Load a Partitioned Fact Table

After completing this module, students will be able to:

      Describe considerations for designing an ETL solution.

      Plan data extraction.

      Plan data transformations.

      Plan Data loads.

Module 5: Designing Analytical Data Models

This module explains how to design analytical data models for specific BI scenarios.

Lessons

      Introduction to Analytical Data Models

      Designing an Analytical Data Model

      Designing Dimensions

      Enhancing Data Models

Lab : Comparing Analytical Data Models

      Creating a Multidimensional Data Model

      Creating a Tabular Data Model

Lab : Designing Dimensions and Hierarchies

      Creating Dimensions in a Multidimensional Data Model

      Creating Dimensions in a Tabular Data Model

Lab : Enhancing Analytical Data Models

      Enhancing a Multidimensional Data Model

      Enhancing a Tabular Data Model

After completing this module, students will be able to:

      Describe options for analytical data models.

      Design an initial multidimensional or tabular data model.

      Design dimensions in a multidimensional or tabular data model.

      Design measures and cubes in a multidimensional or tabular data model.

Module 6: Planning a BI Delivery Solution

This module explains how to choose an appropriate delivery solution for a given scenario.

Lessons

      Considerations for Delivering BI

      Common Reporting Scenarios

      Choosing a Reporting Tool

Lab : Planning a BI Delivery Solution

      Assessing Reporting Requirements

After completing this module, students will be able to:

      Describe considerations for delivering BI to users.

      Describe the key features of common reporting scenarios.

      Choose an appropriate reporting tool for a particular reporting scenario.

Module 7: Designing a Reporting Services Solution

This module explains how to design a Reporting Services solution.

Lessons

      Planning a Reporting Services Solution

      Designing Reports

      Planning Report Consistency

Lab : Designing a Reporting Services Solution

      Designing a Reporting Environment

      Creating Reusable Report Item

      Creating Reports

After completing this module, students will be able to:

      Plan a Reporting Services solution.

      Design reports.

      Plan report consistency.

Module 8: Designing a Microsoft Excel-Based Reporting Solution

This module explains how to design a reporting solution that uses Excel.

Lessons

      Using Excel for Data Analysis and Reporting

      PowerPivot for Excel

      Power View for Excel

Lab : Designing an Excel Reporting Solution

      Exercise 1: Planning Excel Features

      Exercise 2: Analyzing a Cube with Excel

      Exercise 3: Creating a PowerPivot Workbook

      Exercise 4: Using Power View in Excel

After completing this module, students will be able to:

      Describe Excel features that enable users to analyze data.

      Configure and use PowerPivot for Excel.

      Configure and use Power View in an Excel workbook.

Module 9: Planning a SharePoint Server BI Solution

This module explains how to design a SharePoint BI solution.

Lessons

      Introduction to SharePoint Server as a BI Platform

      Planning Security for a SharePoint Server BI Solution

      Planning Reporting Services Configuration

      Planning PowerPivot Configuration

      Planning for PerformancePoint Services

Lab : Implementing a SharePoint Server BI Solution

      Exercise 1: Creating a SharePoint Server Site for BI

      Exercise 2: Configuring Reporting Services in SharePoint Server

      Exercise 3: Configuring PowerPivot for SharePoint

Lab : Implementing a PerformancePoint Services

      Exercise 1: Creating a PerformancePoint Dashboard

After completing this module, students will be able to:

      Describe SharePoint Server as a BI platform.

      Plan security for a SharePoint Server BI solution.

      Plan Reporting Services configuration.

      Plan PowerPivot configuration.

      Plan for PerformancePoint Services.

Module 10: Monitoring and Optimizing a BI Solution

This module explains how to monitor and optimize a BI solution.

Lessons

      Overview of BI Monitoring

      Monitoring and Optimizing the Data Warehouse

      Monitoring and Optimizing Analysis Services

      Monitoring and Optimizing Reporting Services

Lab : Monitoring and Optimizing a BI Solution

      Monitoring and Optimizing a Data Warehouse

      Monitoring and Optimizing Analysis Services

      Monitoring and Optimizing Reporting Services

After completing this module, students will be able to:

      Describe key considerations for monitoring a BI solution.

      Monitor and optimize a data warehouse.

      Monitor and optimize SQL Server Analysis Services.

      Monitor and optimize SQL Server Reporting Services.

Module 11: Operating a BI Solution

This module explains how to plan management and maintenance operations for a BI solution.

Lessons

      Overview of BI Operations

      ETL Operations

      Data Warehouse Operations

      Analysis Services Operations

      Reporting Services Operations

Lab : Operating a BI Solution

      Configuring SQL Server Integration Services

      Automate Data Warehouse Load Tasks

      Test Automated Operations

After completing this module, students will be able to:

      Describe core considerations for BI operations.

      Describe considerations and strategies for managing ETL operations.

      Describe considerations and strategies for managing data warehouse operations.

      Describe considerations and strategies for managing Analysis Services operations.

Describe considerations and strategies for managing Reporting Services operations.