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Classroom training -  SSAS - Multidimensional

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SSAS Multidimensional training course

Live online training course - classroom version also available

£595 + VAT (where applicable)

Two days (09:30 to 16:30 UK time each day)

This two-day course is for people using the legacy multi-dimensional model of SQL Server Analysis Services, and will teach you how to create dimensions, build cubes, create KPIs and view the resulting data in Excel pivot tables.

Course schedule

Here is our next online SSAS - Multidimensional course date:

Dates Times Price (excl. VAT)
06-07 Dec 09:30-16:30 £595 Book
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Got a handful of like-minded people in your organisation? You could consider creating your own customised online course to run on a date convenient to you).

Course Contents

The contents of this course are as follows:

Multi-dimensional models

  • OLAP and OLTP
  • What are cubes?

Visual Studio primer

  • Configuring Visual Studio
  • Creating a project
  • Creating a data source

Data Source Views

  • Keys and relationships
  • Exploring data
  • Named queries
  • Named calculations

Dimensions

  • The dimension wizard
  • Attribute hierarchies
  • Deploying dimensions

Publishing dimensions and cubes

  • Deploying
  • Processing
  • Handling deployment errors

Basic Cubes

  • Using the cube wizard
  • The cube designer
  • Filtering cubes

Star and snowflake schemas

  • The 2 types of schema
  • Which to use

Hierarchies and Relationships

  • Natural hierarchies
  • Unnatural hierarchies
  • Attribute relationships
  • Suppressing hierarchies

Parent-child Hierarchies

  • The self-join needed
  • Tidying up the dimensions
  • Limitations

Time dimensions

  • Creating a time dimension
  • Autogenerating
  • Creating time hierarchies

Measures

  • Measures and measure groups
  • Formatting measures
  • Dimension usage
  • Multiple measure groups

Calculations

  • Creating calculations
  • Formatting calculations
  • Basic MDX expressions

MDX Expressions

  • Year-to-date
  • Ratios
  • Previous period comparisons
  • Ranking

KPIs

  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Status and trend expressions
  • Using KPIs in client tools
  • KPI functions

Using client software

  • Using Excel as a client
  • Using Reporting Services

Cube actions

  • Creating URL click-throughs
  • Drill-through actions

You can download a PDF file giving the course contents.

Benefits of our online training

Here are some reasons to choose Wise Owl online courses:

  • Maximum of 5 people per class
  • Excellent colour courseware manual posted to you in advance
  • Pre-course set-up included in the days before the course
  • No need to install any software on your computer
  • All courses given by one of our 6 Wise Owl trainers
  • 531 references viewable online

What other people have said

Many thanks to those listed below for kindly agreeing to let us use their names. All of the reviews are from the last 3 calendar years (although some may be for classroom courses):

"Very good course - I enjoyed it and learnt a lot. The trainer taught the course very well and explained everything clearly. Recommendation came from colleagues."

Hannah Rodger (Barbican Insurance / Arch Capital Gp Ltd)

"Really engaging session with a brilliant trainer who helped throughout."

Kate Lawler (Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA))

"Great course, useful content, fun trainer. Moved at a good pace. Really enjoyed it and will recommend to colleagues. (Loved the lunches - nice touch!) Colleague's recommendation - who had previously attended."

Sarah Berryman (Southbank Centre)

"Trainer was patient and answered all questions thoroughly. Overall a great course."

Georgie McEwan (Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA))

"Course materials are really useful and very comprehensive. Lots of useful tips and tricks."

Clair Rigby (Royal Northern College of Music)

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How our live online training courses work

We've published a full summary of what it's like to attend a Wise Owl course online - here are the main things you need to know.

What you'll need

You'll need three things for the course:

  1. A computer (obviously) running Windows.
  2. A good internet connection.
  3. A microphone and (ideally) webcam.

In addition you'll find the course very difficult without an additional monitor (so that you can participate in the course on one screen, and use the software you're learning on the other).

What will happen when you book a place

Within a few hours of your booking a place on one of our online courses, we'll be in touch to get you set up correctly.  This usually takes about half an hour, and can be done at any mutually convenient date/time.

A few days before your course begins you'll receive a parcel in the post (free for UK bookings) containing:

  • A full colour courseware manual;
  • An exercise booklet to go with the course; and
  • A USB stick containing the files for the course, should you need a back-up.

Your parcel will even include a Wise Owl Sheaffer biro (they're good; trust us) and pad.

What you won't need

You won't need to install any software at all on your computer.  This is because:

  • you'll use Windows Remote Desktop to connect to our computers, and these will have all of the necessary files and software installed; and
  • we use Teams for our online training, which you can run through most modern browsers.
On and after the course

On the day of the course itself you will be able to join the course up to half an hour before it begins. This will give you time to:

  • familiarise yourself with the set-up;
  • meet your trainer; and
  • get to know the other delegates!

After the course finishes you'll receive an electronic certificate proving your attendance (we will gladly send a paper copy on request also).

You can see full details of exactly how our online courses work here.