Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2014

Live Classroom
Duration: 5 days
Live Virtual Classroom
Duration: 5 days
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Targeted towards database and business intelligence professionals, this five day course helps participants understand how to plan and design business intelligence solutions that are based on Microsoft SQL Server 2014 and other Microsoft BI technologies. The course is not intended for individuals new to SQL Server 2014 BI technologies; it is rather a better fit for professionals who have experience implementing solutions with SQL Server database engine, SQL server integration services, SQL server analysis services and SQL server reporting services. The course discusses planning, monitoring and optimizing BI solutions, planning SQL Server BI infrastructure, designing data warehouses, designing reporting services solutions and Microsoft Excel based reporting solutions.

What You'll Learn

  • Plan a BI solution
  • Plan SQL Server BI infrastructure
  • Design a data warehouse
  • Design an extract, transform and load (ETL) solutions
  • Design analytical data models
  • Plan a BI delivery solution
  • Design a reporting services solution
  • Design a Microsoft Excel based reporting solution
  • Plan a SharePoint Server BI solution
  • Monitor and optimize a BI solution
  • Operate a BI solution


  • Elements of a BI solution
  • Planning of a BI solution
  • The Microsoft BI platform
  • Lab: Planning BI solutions

  • Considerations of BI Infrastructure
  • Planning Data Warehouse Hardware
  • Lab : Planning BI Infrastructure

  • Data Warehouse Design Overview
  • Designing Dimension Tables
  • Design FACT tables
  • Lab : Designing a Data Warehouse Logical Schema

  • ETL Overview
  • Planning for Data Extraction
  • Planning for Data Transformations
  • Planning for Data Loading
  • Lab : Designing an ETL Solution

  • Introduction to analytical data models
  • Designing analytical data models
  • Lab : Designing Analytical Data Model
  • Lab : Designing Dimensions and Hierarchies

  • Considerations for BI delivery
  • Common Reporting Scenarios
  • Choosing a Reporting Tool
  • Lab : Planning a BI Delivery Solution

  • Planning a Reporting Solution
  • Designing Reports
  • Planning Report Consistency
  • Lab : Designing a Reporting Services Solution

  • Using Excel for Data Reporting and Analysis
  • PowerPivot in Excel
  • Power View in Excel
  • Lab : Designing and Excel Reporting Solution

  • 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
  • Lab : Implementing PerformancePoint Services

  • Overview of BI Monitoring
  • Monitoring and Optimizing the Data Warehouse
  • Monitoring and Analyzing Analysis Services
  • Monitoring and Optimizing Reporting Services
  • Lab : Monitoring and Optimizing a BI Solution

  • Overview of BI Operations
  • ETL Operations
  • Data Warehouse Operations
  • Analysis Services Operations
  • Reporting Services Operations
  • Lab : Operating a BI Solution
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Who should attend

The course is highly recommended for –

  • Software engineers
  • Business Intelligence developers
  • Business Intelligence ETL developers
  • Business Intelligence analysts
  • Data engineers
  • Business intelligence architects


In addition to professional experience, participants need to have the following –

  • A basic understanding of dimensional modeling (star schema) for data warehouses
  • Basic server hardware knowledge
  • 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

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