Analysis Services (SSAS) Training Courses

If you need to know more about SQL Server Analysis Services, this is the page for you! We've also included some information on PowerPivot for Excel, since there's a big overlap between SSAS tabular and PowerPivot.

Analysis Services classroom training

SSAS classroom training

We run Analysis Services courses using either legacy multidimensional models or the new tabular models:

Can't see the course you want? Have a look at our onsite Analysis Services training page, or see our other SSAS training resources.

Not sure which course you want? See what you can learn on one of our SSAS courses.

Which is the right SSAS course for you?

Everything was simple in the Analysis Services world before SQL Server 2012 came out.  When you installed SQL Server, you got:

Software Used to
SSRS (Reporting Services) Create reports
SSIS (Integration Services) Extract, transform and load data
SSAS (Analysis Services) Create cubes to show information from data warehouses

From SQL Server 2012, Analysis Services split into two parts:

Version of SSAS Language used for calculations
Tabular model DAX
Multi-dimensional model MDX

What's important to realise is that the two versions are completely incompatible.  When you install SQL Server, you'll be asked which SSAS version you want to instal.

So which should you learn?  You may not have a choice: if your organisation has been using SSAS since before 2012 or so, and is full of geeky people who go round muttering about cubes and dimensions, it's likely you're heavily committed to using the older multi-dimensional version of SSAS.

However, if you have a free choice (perhaps because you're evaluating or setting up SSAS for the first time), we'd recommend you choose the newer tabular model of Analysis Services.  Here are some reasons why:

Area Notes
Leveraging existing skills It's likely that you'll be familiar with relational databases, which will stand you in good stead when you come to create a data model in SSAS Tabular.  By contrast it's likely that you're NOT used to thinking in multi-dimensional terms, so you'll find creating a cube quite a foreign idea.
Ease of use SSAS Multi-dimensional shows its age.  It includes concepts like attribute hierarchies which are hard to understand and explain, whereas SSAS Tabular was written more recently, and (it appears) by programmers who also got out a bit and spoke to other humans! 
Future-proofing Microsoft aren't developing SSAS Multi-dimensional these days, whereas SSAS Tabular receives major updates in every new version of SQL Server.
DAX / MDX DAX is slightly easier to learn than MDX (these are the two underlying languages used in SSAS for creating something called measures).
PowerPivot SSAS Tabular is basically an adult's version of PowerPivot, so if you're familiar with Power BI Desktop or PowerPivot you'll have a head start (you can even import PowerPivot data models into SSAS Tabular).

Against all of these advantages, it's worth mentioning that the multi-dimensional version of SSAS is more powerful than the tabular version, although even here the difference is being eroded over the years (for example, the latest tabular model of SSAS now includes parent-child hierarchies).

If you want more detail about the differences between the two versions of Analysis Services, have a read through this blog - or have a look at more help on choosing between our Analysis Services courses.

10 things our SSAS courses include

Each of our scheduled courses includes:

  1. Small course sizes - we have a maximum of 6 people on each course, and frequently run courses with fewer delegates.
  2. A trainer! And not just anyone - our courses are only ever given by full-time Wise Owls (our average feedback scores are in the range 9.2 to 9.8 out of 10).
  3. Full colour courseware and exercises of oustanding quality (download a sample SSAS courseware chapter to judge this claim for yourself) .
  4. A no cancellation guarantee (once you've booked/confirmed training, it will run).
  5. A computer for each delegate (obviously).
  6. Lunch out each day at a local restaurant (chosen on the day of the course, after discussion!).
  7. Unlimited refreshments during the day, including Tassimo or Nespresso coffee and a range of biscuits and snacks to keep you going through those dark afternoon hours.
  8. A one gigabyte USB stick, containing course files, answers to exercises and (by the end of the course) your answers too, together with a Sheaffer biro.
  9. Unofficial help after the course (although we don't have a dedicated post-course support line, in practice trainers will be happy to answer the odd ad hoc question after a course has taken place).
  10. A certificate sent out digitally or in paper form (your choice) after each course, together with (for online courses) the trainer's thoughts on how the course went.

Have a look at our full list of benefits, or read hundreds of testimonials to the quality of our training.

Scheduled SSAS training dates

Here are the SSAS courses we have scheduled for the next 3 months:

Course Dates Days Venue Price Booking
Tue/Wed 02-03 October 2018 2 £795 Book places
Thu/Fri 08-09 November 2018 2 £695 Book places
Course Date(s) Venue

All prices exclude VAT. If you can't see the dates you want, don't forget that you always have the option of arranging onsite SSAS training at your offices (we'll even provide the computers and projector).

About our SSAS training

Wise Owl don't have a data warehouse (we don't have enough data!), but if we did we'd store it using Analysis Services (Tabular), and use Integration Services to load data into it each night.

On our two-day SSAS courses we'll do our best to show you not just how to use the software, but why we're recommending particular modelling decisions.  There are at most 6 people on any of our scheduled (public) courses, so there should be plenty of time for you to ask questions specific to your organisation too!

Other Analysis Services training resources

Analysis Services exercises

Try our SSAS exercises

SQL Server Analysis Services could be very dull if you let it be! That's why we avoid the standard Microsoft databases, and use our own make-a-mammal one instead (like build-a-bear, but less patented).

Analysis Services courseware

SSAS courseware manuals

To help you choose the right Analysis Services course, we've published a sample courseware chapter for you to download:

Analysis Services blogs

Blogs on SSAS

Here are the blogs we've written on SQL Server Analysis Services:

Analysis Services training venues

SSAS training venues

We run our SSAS courses in either London or Manchester, and also run onsite courses nationwide:

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