Designing an Analysis Solution Architecture Using Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005 Analysis Services Training Course


Microsoft Official Curriculum Course Number: 2796
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Course Description

The purpose of this three day course is to teach business intelligence (BI) professionals working in enterprise environments how to design a multidimensional solution architecture that supports their BI solution. Students will go through the entire process-from capturing business and technical requirements, to deploying a multidimensional solution, to production. Students will also be taught to develop custom functionality and optimize a multidimensional solution.

The course focuses on the planning and design aspects of an analysis solution and does not teach students how to create Analysis Services database objects or how to use the development tools provided with SQL Server 2005.



Audience

This course is intended for experienced BI professionals. The target students for this course already have an understanding of how to use SQL Server 2005 tools to implement Analysis Services functionality, but need to develop their understanding of design principles and best practices when planning, implementing, and deploying an Analysis Services solution.


Prerequisites

Before attending this course, students must:

Have hands-on experience with database development tasks. For example:

Creating Transact-SQL queries

Writing and optimizing advanced queries (for example, queries that contain complex joins or subqueries)

Creating database objects such as tables, views, and indexes

Have foundational conceptual understanding of data warehousing, data marts, and business intelligence. Students must be well versed on the subjects of data warehousing, data marts, and BI, and preferably have read at least one book by Ralph Kimball or Bill Inmon.

Have a conceptual understanding of OLAP technologies, multidimensional data, MDX, and relational database modeling. For example, know what facts, dimensions, measures, calculated measures, and foreign keys are.

Be familiar with SQL Server 2005 features, tools, and technologies. In particular, they must have built and queried an Analysis Services cube.

Have foundational understanding of Microsoft Windows security. For example, how groups, delegation of credentials, and impersonation function in a security context.

Have foundational understanding of Web-based architecture. For example, SSL, SOAP, and IIS-what they are and what their role is.

Must understand the difference between replication and ETL.

Already know how to use:

Microsoft Office Visio

Microsoft SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio

Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio

Performance Monitor

Microsoft SQL Server Profiler


Course Completion Skills:
  • Capture the business and technical requirements for an analysis solution.
  • Design and implement a logical Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) solution architecture.
  • Design physical storage for a multidimensional solution.
  • Create calculated members and named sets.
  • Implement Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), actions, and stored procedures.
  • Design the infrastructure for an OLAP solution.
  • Deploy and secure an Analysis Services solution in a production environment.
  • Monitor and optimize an Analysis Services solution.
  • Implement a data mining solution.
Module 1 Capturing Business and Technical Requirements
In this module, students will first learn about key design principles that they should consider when defining the scope of a BI project. They will then learn how to identify the business and technical requirements to ensure that their solution meets the needs of its users.
Lessons
Planning an Analysis Solution
Identifying Requirements and Constraints

Labs

  • Lab 1: Capturing Business and Technical Requirements
  • Reviewing Solution Requirements
  • Identifying Further Information Requirements

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Plan an analysis solution.
  • Identify requirements and constraints when designing an analysis solution.
Module 2 Designing and Implementing a Logical OLAP Solution Architecture
This module describes considerations and guidelines for designing an OLAP solution, including a relational data warehouse and an Analysis Services cube.
Lessons
Planning an OLAP Solution
Designing and Implementing Fact and Dimension Tables
Designing and Implementing Cubes

Labs

  • Lab 2: Designing and Implementing an OLAP Solution
  • Designing and Implementing a Relational Database Schema
  • Designing and Implementing a Cube
  • Designing and Implementing Perspectives

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Describe design considerations for an OLAP solution.
  • Describe design considerations for the relational schema of an OLAP solution.
  • Describe considerations for designing and implementing OLAP cubes.
Module 3 Designing Physical Storage for a Multidimensional Solution
In this module, students will learn how to design an effective physical storage solution for a multidimensional application.
Lessons
Designing Physical Storage
Partitioning Relational Data
Partitioning Multidimensional Data

Labs

  • Lab 3: Designing and Implementing Physical Storage
  • Designing and Implementing a Storage Solution
  • Designing and Implementing Relational Partitioning
  • Designing and Implementing Multidimensional Partitioning
  • Testing the Solution

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Design an effective physical storage solution for dimensions and measures.
  • Partition relational data.
  • Partition multidimensional data.
Module 4 Creating Calculations
In this module, students will learn how to create Multidimensional Expression (MDX) calculations. The module describes how to create calculated members, named sets, and scoped assignments.
Lessons
Implementing Calculated Members
Implementing Named Sets
Implementing Scoped MDX Scripts

Labs

  • Lab 4: Implementing Calculations
  • Creating Calculated Members
  • Creating Named Sets
  • Creating a Scoped MDX Script

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Create calculated members.
  • Create named sets.
  • Create scoped assignments.
Module 5 Extending Cube Functionality
In this module, students will learn about the benefits of KPIs, actions, and stored procedures. They will also learn how to implement KPIs, actions, and stored procedures in an Analysis Services cube.
Lessons
Key Performance Indicators
Actions
Stored Procedures

Labs

  • Lab 5: Implementing Advanced Functionality
  • Creating KPIs
  • Creating Actions
  • Creating Stored Procedures

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Create KPIs.
  • Create actions.
  • Create stored procedures.
Module 6 Designing an Analysis Services Infrastructure
In this module, students will learn how to design an appropriate infrastructure for an OLAP application.
Lessons
Considerations for Analysis Services Resource Requirements
Considerations for Analysis Services Scalability
Considerations for Analysis Services Availability

Labs

  • Lab 6: Designing and Implementing Analysis Services Infrastructure
  • Planning Production System Infrastructure
  • Installing Analysis Services in a Cluster

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Specify appropriate hardware and software resources for an Analysis Services solution.
  • Design an Analysis Services infrastructure that supports high scalability.
  • Design an Analysis Services infrastructure that supports high availability.
Module 7 Deploying a Multidimensional Solution into Production
In this module, students will learn about and compare the different deployment methods available in SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services. They will also learn about how security in Analysis Services functions and how to protect their company's critical business information.
Lessons
Deploying an Analysis Services Database
Managing Analysis Services Security

Labs

  • Lab 7: Deploying Analysis Services into Production
  • Deploying an Analysis Services Database
  • Enabling User Access

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Deploy an Analysis Services solution.
  • Secure an Analysis Services solution.
Module 8 Optimizing an OLAP Solution
In this module, students will learn how to monitor Analysis Services and how to optimize performance of their Analysis Services solutions.
Lessons
Monitoring Analysis Services
Optimizing Performance

Labs

  • Lab 8: Optimizing Analysis Services
  • Monitoring Analysis Services
  • Optimizing Queries

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Monitor Analysis Services.
  • Optimize the performance of Analysis Services.
Module 9 Implementing Data Mining
In this module, students will learn what a data mining solution is and how to design and implement data mining functionality with SQL Server Analysis Services.
Lessons
Introduction to Data Mining
Implementing a Data Mining Solution
Using Data Mining in a BI Solution

Labs

  • Lab 9: Implementing Data Mining
  • Creating a Data Mining Structure
  • Validating a Data Mining Structure

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Plan a data mining solution.
  • Implement a data mining solution.
  • Use data mining in a BI solution.

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