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Microsoft Business Intelligence 2016 Training Course

Create data warehouses & cubes and gain powerful visual reporting skills with SSRS, Power BI and SSAS

28 Oct London
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Microsoft Business Intelligence 2016 training course (code: MSBUSINT)


Our Microsoft Business Intelligence (BI) 2016 training course is built around data modelling with SQL Server Reporting Services and cloud/desktop Power BI and then we cover data warehousing and cube design with SQL Server Analysis Services

The Business Intelligence course covers the discovery and preparation of data, the modelling of the data, and the presentation of the data in insightful and attractive reports and dashboards.

We initially look at SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and visualisation tools such as Power BI – when you return to the office, you will easily be able to create wonderful and informative reports and dashboards. The latter part of the course is spent on data warehousing and cube design with the modelling tools within SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) and with a little help from Integration Services (SSIS).

Both SSAS multidimensional and tabular models are covered – these are the power houses that drive your reports and dashboards.


This course is aimed at data developers and those who need to load, import, transform, build and maintain data models, as well as build interactive reports which empower businesses and colleagues to harness the growing amount of data being produced by the business systems and Internet of Things (IoT). Some basic SQL skills would be an advantage.




SQL Server Reporting Services

Designing reports – fundamentals
Report Wizard in SSDT-BI (aka BIDS/Visual Studio)
SQL relational reports
Tablixes (tables and matrixes)
Previewing reports
Deploying reports to Report Manager

Designing reports – further techniques

Formatting (including dates and currency)
Using expressions
Conditional formatting (and green-band reporting)
Grouping and drilldown
Grand totals, subtotals, and running totals
Interactive sorting
Charts and gauges
Parameterized SQL reports

Multiple reports

Drilldown versus drillthrough
Jump reports
Linked reports


Reporting Services Configuration Manager
Security overview


Power BI Service
Visualizing Data
Power BI Mobile                
Power BI Desktop
Transforming Data
Refining the Model

(see Power BI course for intensive training in Power BI)

SQL Server Analysis Services

Business Intelligence overview
Analysis Services (SSAS) Multidimensional and Tabular mode
Review of third normal form and relational OLTP databases
Introduction to relational star schemas
Introduction to multidimensional cubes
Introduction to SSAS tabular models
Building dimension tables
Building fact tables
Building cubes in BIDS/SSDT
Developing an Integration Services ETL package

Dimension design

Attribute hierarchies
User hierarchies and drill-down
Attribute relationships
Key collections
Parent-child dimensions
Slowly-changing dimensions

Cube design

Calculations and named sets (using MDX expressions)
KPIs (using MDX)
Actions (drill-through and reporting)
Partitions and aggregation design

Data Warehousing

Building a data warehouse using Multidimensional Model
Buidling a data warehouse using Tabular Data Model


MDX queries
SSRS reports on multidimensional and tabular cubes

SQL Server Integration Services


Integration services (SSIS)
Control Flow toolbox overview
Data Flow toolbox (ETL) overview

Control Flow

Package variables
Script Task
Execute SQL Task
Send Mail Task
Sequence Container
Foreach Loop Container

  • Manually design reports in Reporting Services
  • Get the most out of the automated wizard.
  • Power BI Service and Visualizing Data
  • Power BI Desktop, cloud and Mobile
  • Data Modelling Fundamentals
  • Dashboards
  • Analysis Services to make sense of your data
  • Cube design for easy data access
  • Data Warehousing
  • Visualisation
  • SQL Server Integration Services

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28th Oct 2019 - 5 days £1995

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