Business Intelligence (BI) SQL 2008 Overview, Courses and Certification

By | January 7, 2010

Business Intelligence (BI) refers to skills, processes, technologies, applications and practices used to support decision making. With Business Intelligence you can use your existing information to predict future trends in your market to aid you in decision making ,marketing and sales.

For more information for specific departments:

http://www.microsoft.com/bi/department/department.aspx?id=tab1

There are three areas to Business Intelligence SQL Server 2005/2008 SSAS, SSIS and SSRS they are as follows:

SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS)

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services (SSAS) delivers online analytical processing (OLAP) and data mining functionality for business intelligence applications. Analysis Services supports OLAP by letting you design, create, and manage multidimensional structures that contain data aggregated from other data sources, such as relational databases. For data mining applications, Analysis Services lets you design, create, and visualize data mining models that are constructed from other data sources by using a wide variety of industry-standard data mining algorithms.

After completing this course, youwill be able to:
  • Describe how SQL Server Analysis Services can be used to implement analytical solutions.
  • Create multidimensional analysis solutions with SQL Server Analysis Services.
  • Implement dimensions and cubes in an Analysis Services solution.
  • Implement measures and measure groups in an Analysis Services solution.
  • Query a multidimensional Analysis Services solution.
  • Customize an Analysis Services cube.
  • Deploy and secure an Analysis Services database.
  • Maintain a multidimensional Analysis Services solution.
  • Implement a Data Mining solution.

SQL Server Integration Services (SSRS)

SQL Server Reporting Services is a comprehensive, server-based solution that enables the creation, management, and delivery of both traditional, paper-oriented reports and interactive, Web-based reports. An integrated part of the Microsoft Business Intelligence framework, Reporting Services combines the data management capabilities of SQL Server and Microsoft Windows Server with familiar and powerful Microsoft Office System applications to deliver real-time information to support daily operations and drive decisions.

After completing this course, you will be able to:
  • Describe SQL Server Reporting Services and its components.
  • Create a Reporting Services report.
  • Enhance a Reporting Services report.
  • Create and manipulate data sets.
  • Use report models to implement reporting for business users.
  • Configure report publishing and execution settings.
  • Implement subscriptions for reports.
  • Administer Reporting Services.
  • Implement custom Reporting Services applications.

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSIS)

Microsoft Integration Services is a platform for building enterprise-level data integration and data transformations solutions. You use Integration Services to solve complex business problems by copying or downloading files, sending e-mail messages in response to events, updating data warehouses, cleaning and mining data, and managing SQL Server objects and data. The packages can work alone or in concert with other packages to address complex business needs. Integration Services can extract and transform data from a wide variety of sources such as XML data files, flat files, and relational data sources, and then load the data into one or more destinations.

Integration Services includes a rich set of built-in tasks and transformations; tools for constructing packages; and the Integration Services service for running and managing packages. You can use the graphical Integration Services tools to create solutions without writing a single line of code; or you can program the extensive Integration Services object model to create packages programmatically and code custom tasks and other package objects.

After completing this course, you will be able to:
  • Describe SQL Server Integration Services and its tools.
  • Create an Integration Services package.
  • Implement control flow in an Integration Services package.
  • Implement data flow in an Integration Services package.
  • Implement logging in an Integration Services package.
  • Debug and implement error handling in an Integration Services package.
  • Implement checkpoints and transactions in an Integration Services package.
  • Deploy an Integration Services package.
  • Manage and secure an Integration Services package.

The MCTS Business Intelligence certification allows you to demonstrate your expertise with SQL Server Reporting Services, SQL Server Integration Services and SQL Server Analysis Services.

For more information on the MCTS for Business Intelligence Click Here

(referances: Microsoft.com)

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