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55045: Microsoft SharePoint 2013 End to End Business Intelligence Training & Certification Course


This five-day instructor-led course is a complete high-level tour of the Microsoft Business Intelligence stack. It introduces students to the SQL 2012 Business Intelligence and SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence services including PerformancePoint Service, Excel Services, Business Connectivity Services, Visio Services, and the Business Intelligence Center focusing on their interdependency. Each of the modules is stand-alone allowing for customization of the course for those audiences that may not have an interest in a certain service.

After completing the 55045: Microsoft SharePoint 2013 End to End Business Intelligence Certification course, students will be able to:

  • Browse the data within the cube using SQL Server Management Studio.
  • Browse data using Visual Studio 2013.
  • Connect to a tabular source, import tables, and explore the data.
  • Successfully Navigate SQL Server Data Tools.
  • Successfully Navigate SQL Server Management Studio.
  • Run the Import Export Wizard.
  • Create a Project.
  • Add and Configure Connections to the Control Flow.
  • Add and Configure Execute SQL Tasks.
  • Connect and Configure Precedence Constraints.
  • Add and Configure Data Flow Tasks.
  • Use the Destination Assistant.
  • Copy a Package and Reuse Project Connection Managers.
  • Add and Configure a Data Conversion Transformation.
  • Add and Configure a Conditional Split Transformation.
  • Add and Configure a Multicast Transformation.
  • Add and Configure an Aggregate Transformation.
  • Create a Data Source.
  • Create a Data View.
  • Successfully Navigate a Cube.
  • Successfully Navigate and Configure Partitions.
  • Use the Aggregation Design Wizard.
  • Create and Configure a Data Profiling Task.
  • Configure Proactive Cache.
  • Deploy and Process a Project.
  • Build a Cube.
  • Understand the Functionality of MDX.


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Full Description

 Module 1: Course Overview

This module explains how the class will be structured and introduces course materials and additional administrative information.


  1. Introduction
  2. Course Materials
  3. Facilities Prerequisites
  4. What We'll Be Discussing


Module 2: The Business Intelligence Stack

In this module we will first look at the three different ways in which business intelligence can be viewed. Then, we’re going to look at the services SQL 2012 provides us and how they apply to business intelligence. We will then move to SharePoint 2013 and look at the SharePoint services to examine their relevance and how we can use them in business intelligence to surface data. In this section, we will also cover the new business intelligence features available within the SharePoint 2013 release. Finally, we will take a brief look at PowerPivot, examining the new features and their significance. PowerPivot is covered in more detail in a later module.


  1. Business Intelligence in Three Ways
  2. SQL 2012 Business Intelligence
  3. SharePoint 2010 Business Intelligence
  4. PowerPivot


Module 3: SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) 2012

In this module, we will give an overview of ETL and discuss two approaches that should be considered prior to implementation. We will also go over the SQL Server Data Tools application and explain the concept of Packages, Tasks, and Containers with further instruction on how to use these tools and others. In the following list of topics you will see two topics that are part of SQL Server Integration Services ETL although not covered in this module. They are SQL Server Integration Services Data Profiler and Data cleansing which are covered later in the course.


  1. What’s New?
  2. Overview of Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL)
  3. SSIS Tools
  4. Change Data Capture
  5. SQL Server Integration Services Scripting
  6. Variables, Parameters, and Expressions
  7. Package Deployment


Module 4: SQL 2012 Business Intelligence Semantic Model (Multidimensional Mode)

In this module, we cover the basics of using multidimensional mode and the tools available. In data warehousing, there are two commonly acknowledged approaches to building a decision support infrastructure, and you can implement both using the tools available in SQL Server Analysis Services 2012 multidimensional. We will go over these two approaches and we will also cover key concepts for using multidimensional mode.


  1. The Data Warehouse/Data Mart
  2. The Tools
  3. Key Concepts
  4. Data Sources
  5. Data Views
  6. Cubes
  7. Data Profiler
  8. Proactive Cache
  9. Deployment
  10. Wizards


Module 5: Microsoft Multidimensional Expressions

There are some striking differences between SQL and MDX, and you should be aware of these differences at a conceptual level. The principal difference between SQL and MDX is the ability of MDX to reference multiple dimensions. Although it is possible to use SQL exclusively to query cubes, Analysis Services MDX provides commands that are designed specifically to retrieve data as multidimensional data structures with almost any number of dimensions. We will go over key concepts in multidimensional space and browse some basic MDX statements with specific coverage on navigating hierarchies and working with time.


  1. Concepts in Multidimensional Space
  2. Basic MDX Statements
  3. SQL Server Management Studio MDX Query Editor
  4. Navigating Hierarchies
  5. Working with Time MDX Calculations


Module 6: SQL 2012 Business Intelligence Semantic Model (Tabular Mode)

If you are starting an Analysis Services 2012 project with no previous Multidimensional or OLAP experience, it is very likely that you will find tabular much easier to learn than multidimensional. Not only are the concepts much easier to understand, especially if you are used to working with relational databases, but the development process is also much more straightforward and there are far fewer features to learn. Building your first tabular model is much quicker and easier than building your first multidimensional model. It can also be argued that DAX is easier to learn than MDX, at least when it comes to writing basic calculations, but the truth is that both MDX and DAX can be equally confusing for anyone used to SQL. In this module, we cover the basics of using tabular mode and the tools available.


  1. The Tabular Model
  2. Data Analytic Expressions (DAX)
  3. The Editor
  4. Data Connections
  5. Creating a Tabular Project
  6. Relationships
  7. Measures and Calculated Columns
  8. Hierarchies
  9. Perspectives
  10. KPIs Partitions
  11. Processing Deployment


Module 7: SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services

In this module, we will cover the new and exciting features available in SQL 2012 Reporting Services. Report Lifecycles are discussed along with the tools available to create just about any type of report you can think of. Effective reporting is a key element in business intelligence and this module covers all the basics.


  1. Report Lifecycles
  2. Installation Modes
  3. Report Creation Tools
  4. Data Sources
  5. Datasets
  6. Basic Reports
  7. Graphics
  8. Maps
  9. Report Parts


Module 8: Master Data Services

It is often said that Master Data Management (MDM) enables an enterprise to create and use a “single version of the truth”. Master data management applies almost all industries and covers a broad category of corporate data. This module covers Master Data Management and explains what it is and why it is important. Along with covering system roles and the differences between master data and transactional data, we also go over key concepts in Master Data Services and the benefits of proper implementation.


  1. What is Master Data Management?
  2. System Roles
  3. Master Data vs. Transactional Data
  4. Master Data Services ETL
  5. Master Data Services Key Concepts


Module 9: Data Mining/Predictive Analytics

Data Mining using SQL Server 2012 uses the concept of a SQL Service, not an application. Because it is a service and not an application the software has the ability to scale, unlike an application. In this module, we explain the concept of data mining and how it can be a valuable tool in your business intelligence arsenal. This module is a subset of the course on Data Mining which is in development.


  1. Definitions for Our Purpose
  2. Problems Addressed
  3. Business Analytics
  5. Key Concepts
  6. Microsoft Data Mining Process
  7. Data Mining Tasks
  8. Microsoft Algorithms
  9. Matching the Tasks to the Algorithm
  10. Data Mining Add-in for Excel
  11. PowerPivot for Excel


Module 10: SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence Center

In this module, we will explore the new and improved 2013 SharePoint Central Administration site. We are going to cover specifically the new 2013 Business Intelligence Center template within SharePoint. We are also going to cover some things that generically apply to SharePoint that you can use within business intelligence. Permissions and Roles will be illuminated and the included Document Library and List apps will be explained.


  1. User Interface
  2. Libraries and Lists (Apps)
  3. Permissions
  4. Quick Architecture
  5. Central Administration


Module 11: SharePoint 2013 Excel Services

In this module, we will go over all the new 2013 Excel Services features, and we will explore the core components of Excel Services. We will cover Excel Web Access and it’s capabilities along with any differences you may encounter in the browser as opposed to the desktop client. There is coverage of the Power View add-in for Excel, and then lastly we will explain the save and share the process and have a look at best practices.


  1. New 2013 Excel Services Features
  2. Core Components
  3. Excel Web Access (EWA)
  4. What Excel Web Access is Not
  5. SharePoint Libraries to Store Workbooks
  6. Power View Excel 2013 and SharePoint 2013
  7. Excel Web Access Web Part
  8. Excel Interactive View
  9. Best Practices


Module 12: SharePoint 2013 PerformancePoint 2013

In this module, we will give you an overview of the new 2013 PerformancePoint Services features. Dashboard Designer is explored along with many of the objects and connections available within.


  1. What’s New?
  2. PerformancePoint Object Hierarchy
  3. Dashboard Designer
  4. Dashboards (Web Part Page)
  5. Indicators
  6. Data Sources
  7. Key Performance Indicators as PerformancePoint Objects
  8. Scorecards
  9. Filters Dashboards (Web Part Page) Revisited
  10. Dashboard Designer Management


Module 13: SharePoint 2013 Visio Services

Visio drawings can be extremely effective and in this module, we cover the shared service that allows users to share and view them. We will go over all the new 2013 Visio Services features and also discuss data-connected drawings and how to configure them. There is also a section on viewing drawings within a browser.


  1. What’s New in Visio Services 2013?
  2. Visio Graphics Service
  3. Visio Drawings in the Browser
  4. Visio Graphics Web Access Part
  5. Visio Drawings with Data Connections


Module 14: PowerPivot Power

Pivot is not a feature of SharePoint business intelligence, however, an Excel workbook with PowerPivot can be saved to a SharePoint site and then used in a business intelligence scenario. This module is intended as an overview of the product only and covers all the new features available in the 2013 release of the add-in.


  1. PowerPivot and Excel 2013
  2. PowerPivot and SharePoint
  3. Enterprise Business Intelligence and PowerPivot
  4. Enriching Data


Module 15: SharePoint 2013 Business Connectivity Services

In this module, we will explore the new features available within SharePoint 2013 Business Connectivity Services, how to configure the security and clarify the terminology.


  1. What is Business Connectivity Services?
  2. BCS Terminology
  3. Business Connectivity Services and Apps From SharePoint 2013
  4. Using SharePoint Designer with BCS
  5. Surfacing the BCS Data


Module 16: Dashboards

This module borrows from the three-day Microsoft course on Dashboards number 50596A. Monitoring, analyzing, and managing dashboards are discussed along with details on how to use them most effectively. This module does not cover Dashboard Designer as it is covered in more detail in the PerformancePoint Services module. Coverage of the Microsoft Report Builder 3.0 tool is brief as this course focuses on the SharePoint space.


  1. Dashboard Design
  2. Capabilities Summarization
  3. Three Types of Dashboards
  4. Successful Dashboards
  5. Tables or Graphs
  6. Types of Graphs
  7. Choosing a Chart Type
  8. Key Performance Indicators
  9. Pitfalls In Dashboard Design
  10. Microsoft Report Builder 3.0
  11. Plan Your Reports
  12. Datasets SharePoint Web Parts

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