SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services

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In this course, participants will learn how to use Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services (SSAS) to design and implement OnLine Analytical Processing (OLAP) cubes and data mining models to support Business Intelligence (BI) solutions. The course includes concepts, procedures and practices based on real-world experience giving both the novice and experienced SQL Server 2005 developer the tools to build data warehousing and decision support system solutions. The course also provides information on end-user tools including Microsoft Excel 2003/2007 and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services. Implementing SSAS solutions have shown to boost data retrieval and report generation from SQL Server by up to 1000%.
It is assumed that students have working experience with SQL Server 2000 or 2005, data transformation services, Excel 2003, and SharePoint Server 2003.
What is Microsoft Business Intelligence?:
Defining Microsoft Business Intellignece
Why Use OLAP?
Understanding the UDM
Dimensions and Measures
OLAP Schemas
Building and Viewing a Sample Cube
The AdventureWorksDW Source Database
Building a Cube with BIDS
Viewing the Results in BIDS
Viewing the Results Using Excel
Cubes in Reporting Services
OLAP Modeling:
Selecting a Modeling Tool
Understanding OLAP Modeling
Understanding Dimensional Modeling
Dimension Types
Understanding Cube Modeling
Modeling with BIDS
Understanding the BIDS Interface
Two Ways to Build a Model
A Note about ETL
Using SSAS in BIDS:
Understanding BIDS
Offline vs. Online Mode
Creating Data Sources
Creating Data Source Views
Creating a Cube Using the Wizard
Refining Dimensions and Measures
Working with Your Cube
Intermediate SSAS:
Creating KPIs
How KPIs are Implemented in SSAS
Customizing the KPI Templates
Other KPI Considerations
Creating Perspectives
Creating Translations
Localizing Measure Values
Currency Localization
Creating Actions
Advanced SSAS:
Working with Multiple Fact Tables
Linked Objects
Dimension Usage Configurations
Using Advanced Dimension Types
Snowflake Dimensions
Degenerate Dimensions
Parent-Chile Dimensions
Many-to-Many Dimensions
Role Playing Dimensions
Writeback Dimensions
Working with Changing Dimensions
More about Error Handling for Dimension Attribute Loads
Using the Business Intelligence Wizard
Cube Storage and Aggregation:
Basic Storage: MOLAP
About XMLA
Three Storage Modes
About Aggregations
Customizing Aggregations
Using Profiler
Advanced Storage: MOLAP, HOLAP, or ROLAP
Using Partitions with Advanced Storage Options
ROLAP Dimensions
Implementing Proactive Caching
Notification Settings for Proactive Caching
Fine Tuning Proactive Caching
Using Partitions: Relational or SSAS
Relational Table Partitioning in SQL Server 2005
How to Implementing OLTP Partitioning
Other Capabilities of OLAP Partitions
Cube and Dimension Processing Options
Beginning MDX:
Understanding MDX
MDX Structure Names
MDX Syntax Rules
Writing your First MDX Query
About Members, Tuples, and Sets
Common MDX Functions Explained
New or Updated MDX Functions and Keywords
Intermediate MDX:
Understanding the Calculations Subtab
Adding Calculated Members
Examine a Calculated Measure
Why Use Calculated Members?
Adding MDX Scripts
Adding Named Sets
Adding .NET Assemblies
Why Use External Assemblies?
SSAS Administration:
Implementing SSAS Security
Reducing the Attack Surface
Data Source Connection Methods
Implementing Cube Roles
Other Security Considerations
Implementing XMLA Scripts
SSAS Database Synchronization
Understanding SSAS Backup and Restore
Understanding Clustering
Improving Scalability
Understanding Performance Optimization
Introduction to Data Mining:
Understanding Data Mining Concepts
About Algorithms
More Data Mining Concepts
Implementing Algorithms
Reviewing Data Mining Structures
Mining Structure Subtab
Mining Model Properties
Decision Tree Viewer
Dependency Network Viewer
Naïve Bayes Viewer
Mining Accuracy Charts
Mining Prediction Viewers
Understanding Data Mining Algorithms
Content and Data Types
Other Model Properties
Considering Data Mining Clients
Understanding Mining Structure Processing
Using SSIS to Process Mining Models
SSIS and Data Mining
Working with the DMX (Data Mining Extensions) Language
A Simple DMXQuery
Introduction to SSAS Clients:
Using Excel 2003 Pivot Tables
Pivot Charts
The Limits of Excel 2003 as a BI Client
Using SQL Server Reporting Services
Build and SSRS Report
Write and MDX Query
View the SSRS Report
Design the SSRS Report
Deploy the SSRS Report
Report Builder
Using .NET 2.0 Report Viewer Controls
Using SharePoint 2003 Web Parts
Business Scorecard Manager 2005
Data Mining Clients
Office 2007 Integration with SSAS:
Implementing SQL Server SP2
Implementing Excel 2007 Pivot Tables
Excel 2007 Pivot Charts
Implementing Excel 2007 as a Data Mining Client
Configuring the Add-In
Using Excel 2007 as a Data Mining Client
Using the Query Function
Using the Data Preparation Menu
Using the Data Modeling Menu
Using the Accuracy and Validation Menu
Implementing MOSS BI Features
Excel 2007 Web Services
MOSS Data Connection Libraries
Other MOSS BI Capabilities
Performance Point Server (PPS)