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Microsoft Course 20768: Developing SQL Data Models (70-768)

Course Length: 5 days
Number of Exams: 1

Class Schedule
Call for Class Schedule

  • Hands-on instruction by a certified instructor
  • Includes all course materials
  • On-site Testing
  • Lunch & Snacks provided each day

This 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.

  • Introduction to Business Intelligence
  • The Microsoft business intelligence platform

After completing this module, students 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.

  • Introduction to multidimensional analysis
  • Creating data sources and data source views
  • Creating a cube
  • Overview of cube security

After completing this module, students 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.

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

After completing this module, students 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.

  • Working with measures
  • Working with measure groups

After completing this module, students 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.

  • MDX fundamentals
  • Adding calculations to a cube
  • Using MDX to query a cube

After completing this module, students 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.

  • Implementing key performance indicators
  • Implementing actions
  • Implementing perspectives
  • Implementing translations

After completing this module, students 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.

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

After completing this module, students 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.

  • DAX fundamentals
  • Using DAX to create calculated columns and measures in a tabular data model

After completing this module, students 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.

  • 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

After completing this module, students 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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