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About This Course

MSBI Training Course Overview :


Goldstone Inc Training has designed The Business Intelligence Track to help bring professionals to the next level in their career by learning to design and develop business intelligence systems that help reduce the complexity of organizing and distributing information for mid- to large-size organizations through the use of Microsoft Business Intelligence tools.


  • Conceptual understanding of OLAP solutions
  • Experience navigating the Microsoft Windows Server environment
  • Experience with Windows services (starting and stopping)
  • Experience creating service accounts and permissions
  • Some experience with Microsoft SQL Server, including:
  • QL Server Agent
  • SQL Server query language (SELECT, UPDATE, INSERT, and DELETE)
  • SQL Server System tables

Course Content

    • What Is Microsoft BI?
      • Core concept BI is the cube or UDM
      • Example cube as seen using Excel pivot table
      • MS BI is comprehensive more than Analysis Services on SQL Server
      • Demonstration of SQL Reporting Services with cube as data source
    • OLAP Modeling
      • Modeling source schemasstars and snowflakes
      • Understanding dimensional modeling Dimensions (Type 1, 2, or 3) or rapidly changing
      • Understanding fact (measures) and cube modeling
      • Other types of modelingdata mining etc

      SQL Server Analysis Services

    • Using SSAS in BIDS
      • Understanding the development environment
      • Creating Data Sources and Data Source Views
      • Creating cubes using the UDM and the Cube Build Wizard
      • Refining Dimensions and Measures in BIDS
    • Intermediate SSAS
      • KPIs
      • Perspectives
      • Translations cube metadata and currency localization
      • Actions regular, drill-through and reporting
    • Advanced SSAS
      • Using multiple fact tables
      • Modeling intermediate fact tables
      • Modeling M:M dimensions, Fact (degenerate) dimensions, Role-playing dimensions, writeback dimensions
      • Modeling changing dimensions Dimension Intelligence w/ Wizard
      • Using the Add Business Intelligence Wizards write-back, semi-additive measures, time intelligence, account intelligence
    • Cube Storage and Aggregation
      • Storage topics basic aggregations, MOLAP
      • Advanced Storage Design MOLAP, ROLAP, HOLAP
      • Partitions relational and Analysis Services partitions
      • Customizing Aggregation Design Processing Design
      • Rapidly changing dimensions / ROLAP dimensions
      • Welcome to the Real Time Proactive Caching
      • Cube processing options
    • Beginning MDX
      • Basic syntax
      • Using the MDX query editor in SQL Server Management Studio
      • Most-used Functions & Common tasks
      • New MDX functions
    • Intermediate MDX
      • Adding calculated members
      • Adding scripts
      • Adding named sets
      • .NET Assemblies
    • SSAS Administration
      • Best practices health monitoring
      • XMLA scripting (SQL Mgmt Studio)
      • Other Documentation methods
      • Security roles and permissions
      • Disaster Recovery backup / restore
      • Clustering high availability
    • Introduction to Data Mining
      • What and why?
      • Examples of using each of the 9 algorithms (MS Clustering, MS Decision Trees, Nave Bayes, MS Sequence Clustering, MS Time Series, MS Association Rules, MS Neural Network)
      • Data Mining dimensions
      • Data Mining clients
      • Processing mining models
    • Introduction to Reporting Clients
      • Excel 2003 Pivot Tables
      • SQL RS & Report Builder
      • SPS RS web parts & .NET 2.0 report viewer controls
      • Business Scorecards 2005 & ProClarity
    • Future Directions Integration with Office 12
      • SharePoint 12 and AS
      • Report Center (type of dashboard) uses KPIs, Reports, Excel Web, Filter
      • Excel Services 12 and AS (Web Services)

      SQL Server Integration Services

    • A Guided Tour of SSIS
      • Understanding SSIS
      • Exploring and Executing an SSIS Package in BIDS
      • Exploring and Executing a Package in BIDS
    • Introduction to Control Flow
      • Overview of Control Flow in SSIS
      • Control Flow Tasks
      • Workflow Tasks
      • Other SQL Operations Tasks
      • Precedence Constraints
      • Data Processing Tasks
    • Introduction to Data Flows
      • Data Flow Overview
      • Data Flow Pipeline
      • Data Flow Sources
      • Data Flow Destinations
      • Data Viewers
      • Data Flow Transformations
    • Variables and Configurations
      • Understanding Variables
      • Using Variables in Control Flow
      • Using Variables in Data Flow
      • Understanding Property Expressions
      • Understanding Configurations
      • User Configurations
      • Using Variables and Configurations between Packages
    • Advanced Control Flow
      • Advanced Control Flow Overview
      • Using Containers
      • Transactions Support in SSIS
      • Additional Control Flow Tasks
    • Package Deployment
      • Overview of Deploying Packages
      • Deployment Challenges
      • Create a Package Deployment Utility
      • The Package Installation Wizard
      • Deploy a Package to the File System
      • Deploy a Package to SQL Server
      • Redeploying Updated Packages
    • Package Management
      • Overview of Package Management
      • Managing packages with DTUtil
      • Managing packages with SQL Server Management Studio
      • Executing Packages
      • Scheduling packages with SQL Server Agent
      • SSIS Security
    • Introduction to Scripting and Custom Components
      • Extending SSIS Capabilities Through Code
      • The SSIS scripting
      • Scripting in Control Flows
      • Scripting in Data Flows
      • Custom SSIS Components
    • Best Practices
      • Best Practices for Using SSIS
      • Best Practices for Package Design
      • Data Flow Best Practices
    • Beyond ETL: Other Scenarios for SSIS
      • Using SSIS Beyond ETL
      • Migrating SQL Servers with SSIS
      • SQL Server Maintenance Plans
      • Working with Analysis Services
      • Folder and File Management
      • Working with Windows Event Log

      SQL Server Reporting Services

    • Introducing SQL Server Reporting Services
      • Investigate what SQL Server Reporting Services can do
      • Explore the basic architecture of SQL Server Reporting Services
      • Gain a basic understanding of the components behind SQL Server Reporting Services
      • Learn how to create a basic report using the SQL Server Reporting Services Wizard
    • Creating Tabular and List Reports
      • Learn how to create a tabular report from scratch
      • Learn about datasets and data regions
      • Discover how to add textboxes and other controls to reports
      • Investigate the list data region
      • Learn how to work with rich text to produce mail merge style reports
    • Calculations and Formatting
      • Explore how to create expressions in your reports using
      • Learn how to create custom functions using the Code window
      • Discover the various global collections that you can reference in your expressions
      • Learn how to format report items using the formatting toolbars, the Properties window, and the Textbox Properties dialog box
      • Find out how you can use conditional formatting to make your reports more dynamic
      • Learn about report variables and when you might need to use them
    • Grouping and Sorting
      • Explore creating groups
      • Master the Reporting Services Grouping pane
      • Learn how to calculate group totals and percentages
      • Understand scope as it applies to aggregate functions
      • Discover interactive sorting
      • Find out how to create drill-down reports
    • Working with Parameters
      • Understanding how Reporting Services parameters work with stored procedure parameters
      • Learn how to create parameters in ad-hoc SQL
      • Find out how to display parameter values in report headers
      • Discover how to improve parameter prompts using drop-down list parameters
      • Dig into the use of unbound, multivalued, and cascading parameters
      • Learn how to solve common parameter issues
    • Creating Matrix Reports and Charts
      • Learn how to create matrix reports
      • Investigate Reporting Services charts
      • Explore the use of Reporting Services gauges
    • Managing Reporting Services
      • Understand how to plan and configure for deployment
      • Learn how to deploy Reporting Services projects and individual reports and data sources
      • Explore exporting reports to a variety of formats and using the client-side printing feature of Reporting Services
      • Investigate how to manage Reporting Services projects using Report Manager
      • Explore creating linked reports
    • Security
      • Investigate how Reporting Services secures access to reports and other Reporting Services resources
      • Find out how to use Report Manager to manage user accounts and roles
      • Learn how to enable basic authentication for reports and how to require SSL for report operations
      • Explore the storing of credentials within a data source
    • Programming Reporting Services
      • Discover the many application programming interfaces of Reporting Services
      • Learn how to use URL to integrate Reporting Services reports into your applications
      • Explore the use of the Report Viewer controls to create Web pages and Windows Forms that render Reporting Services reports in place
      • Investigate how to use the Report Views controls in local mode to display reports that don’t involve Reporting Services
    • Advanced Reporting Services Programming
      • Discover the classes and methods exposed by the Reporting Services Web Service API
      • Learn how to call the Report Server Web Service
      • Investigate how to call a custom assembly from a report
      • Explore the potential deployment and security issues that might arise when working with custom assemblies
    • Snapshots and Subscriptions
      • Learn how to enable and control report caching
      • Investigate the scheduling of report snapshots
      • Explore the maintenance of report history
      • Discover how to create standard report subscriptions
      • Learn how to create data-driven report subscriptions
  • Ad-Hoc Reporting with Report Builder 2.0
    • Learn the differences between Report Builder 1.0 and Report Builder 2.0
    • Explore how to use Report Builder to build ad-hoc tabular, matrix and chart reports
    • Discover how to create Report Builder reports without using the wizards
    • Learn how to create Report Model projects using Visual Studio and deploy them to a Reporting Services server

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