Course 20768-C: Developing SQL Data Models

Course Modality

Instructor-led training

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Course Time

3 Days

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Course Overview

The focus of this 3-day instructor-led course is on creating managed enterprise BI solutions. It describes how to implement both multidimensional and tabular data models and how to create cubes, dimensions, measures, and measure groups. This course helps you prepare for the Exam 70-768.


Before attending this course, students must have:

      • Experience of querying data using 


Intended Audience

The primary audience for this course are database professionals who need to fulfil BI Developer role to create enterprise BI solutions.
Primary responsibilities will include:
  • Implementing multidimensional databases by using SQL Server Analysis Services
  • Creating tabular semantic data models for analysis by using SQL Server Analysis Services

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Skill Covered

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the components, architecture, and nature of a BI solution 
  • Create a multidimensional database with Analysis Services 
  • Implement dimensions in a cube 
  • Implement measures and measure groups in a cube 
  • Use MDX syntax 
  • Customize a cube 
  • Implement a tabular database 
  • Use DAX to query a tabular model 
  • Use data mining for predictive analysis 

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Course Curriculum

Introduction to Business Intelligence and Data Modeling 

This module introduces key BI concepts and the Microsoft BI product suite.


  • Introduction to Business Intelligence 
  • The Microsoft business intelligence platform 


Lab: Exploring a BI Solution 

  • Exploring a Data Warehouse 
  • Exploring a data model 


After completing this module, student will be able to:

  • Describe BI scenarios, trends, and project roles.
  • Describe the products that make up the Microsoft BI platform.

Creating Multidimensional Databases 

This module describes how to create multidimensional databases using SQL Server Analysis Services.


  • Introduction to Multidimensional Analysis 
  • Data Sources and Data Source Views 
  • Cubes 
  • Overview of Cube Security
  • Configure SSAS 
  • Monitoring SSAS 


Lab: Creating a multidimensional database 

  • Creating a Data Source 
  • Creating and Configuring a data Source View 
  • Creating and Configuring a Cube 
  • Adding a Dimension to a Cube 


After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe considerations for a multidimensional database.
  • Create data sources and data source views. 
  • Create a cube 
  • Implement security in a multidimensional database. 
  • Configure SSAS to meet requirements including memory limits, NUMA and disk layout.
  • Monitor SSAS performance.

Working with Cubes and Dimensions

This module describes how to implement dimensions in a cube.



  • Configuring Dimensions 
  • Defining Attribute Hierarchies 
  • Implementing Sorting and Grouping Attributes
  • Slowly Changing Dimensions 


Lab:  Working with Cubes and Dimensions 

  • Configuring Dimensions 
  • Defining Relationships and Hierarchies
  • Sorting and Grouping Dimension Attributes 


After completing this module, students will be able to: 

  • Configure dimensions. 
  • Define attribute hierarchies.
  • Implement sorting and grouping for attributes. 
  • Implement slowly changing dimensions.

Working with Measures and Measure Groups

This module describes how to implement measures and measure

 groups in a cube. 


  • Working with Measures 
  • Working with Measure Groups 


Lab: Configuring Measures and Measure Groups 

  • Configuring Measures 
  • Defining Regular Relationships 
  • Configuring Measure Group Storage 


After completing this module, students will be able to: 

  • Configure measures. 
  • Configure measure groups. 

Introduction to MDX 

This module describes the MDX syntax and how to use MDX. 


  • MDX fundamentals 
  • Adding Calculations to a Cube 
  • Using MDX to Query a Cube 


Lab: Using MDX 

  • Querying a cube using MDX 
  • Adding a Calculated Member 


After completing this module, students will be able to: 

  • Use basic MDX functions. 
  • Use MDX to add calculations to a cube. 
  • Use MDX to query a cube. 

Customizing Cube Functionality 

This module describes how to customize a cube. 


  • Implementing Key Performance Indicators 
  • Implementing Actions 
  • Implementing Perspectives 
  • Implementing Translations 


Lab: Customizing a Cube 

  • Implementing an action 
  • Implementing a perspective 
  • Implementing a translation 

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

  • Implement KPIs in a Multidimensional database 
  • Implement Actions in a Multidimensional database 
  • Implement perspectives in a Multidimensional database 
  • Implement translations in a Multidimensional database 

 Implementing a Tabular Data Model by Using Analysis Services 

This module describes how to implement a tabular data model in Power Pivot.


  • Introduction to Tabular Data Models 
  • Creating a Tabular Data Model 
  • Using an Analysis Services Tabular Data Model in an Enterprise BI Solution


Lab: Working with an Analysis Services Tabular Data Model 

  • Creating an Analysis Services Tabular Data Model 
  • Configure Relationships and Attributes 
  • Configuring Data Model for an Enterprise BI Solution. 


After completing this module, students will be able to: 

  • Describe tabular data models 
  • Describe how to create a tabular data model 
  • Use an Analysis Services Tabular Model in an enterprise BI solution

Introduction to Data Analysis Expression (DAX)

This module describes how to use DAX to create measures and calculated columns in a tabular data model.


  • DAX Fundamentals 
  • Using DAX to Create Calculated Columns and Measures in a Tabular Data Model


Lab: Creating Calculated Columns and Measures by using DAX 

  • Creating Calculated Columns 
  • Creating Measures 
  • Creating a KPI 
  • Creating a Parent – Child Hierarchy


After completing this module, students will be able to: 

  • Describe the key features of DAX 
  • Create calculated columns and measures by using DAX 

Performing Predictive Analysis with Data Mining 

This module describes how to use data mining for predictive analysis.


  • Overview of Data Mining 
  • Creating a Custom Data Mining Solution 
  • Validating a Data Mining Model 
  • Connecting to and Consuming a Data-Mining Model 
  • Using the Data Mining add-in for Excel 


Lab: Using Data Mining 

  • Creating a Data Mining Structure and Model 
  • Exploring Data Mining Models 
  • Validating Data Mining Models 
  • Consuming a Data Mining Model 
  • Using the Excel Data Mining add-in 


After completing this module, students will be able to: 

  • Describe considerations for data mining 
  • Create a data mining model 
  • Validate a data mining model 
  • Connect to a data-mining model 
  • Use the data mining add-in for Excel 

Recommended Exams

Exam 70-768

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