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Classroom training -  SSAS - Tabular Model

Classroom Training

SSAS Tabular Model training course

Classroom training course - online version also available

£695 + VAT for most venues (£795 + VAT for London)

2 days

For anyone who is familiar with relational databases, tabular models in Analysis Services are easier to create and use than the old multi-dimensional cube models; plus they use DAX as a language, rather than the harder-to-understand MDX. Tabular models are a natural extension of PowerPivot within Excel.

This course will show you (among other things): how to create tabular models by combining tables from SQL Server, Access, Excel and other data sources; how to create DAX calculated columns and measures to extend your data mode; and how to extract data from these models using clients such as Excel pivot tables.

Course details

  • Locations for SSAS - Tabular Model coursesPossible locations:London, Manchester, Online
  • Next SSAS - Tabular Model course locationNext classroom course:No classroom dates
  • SSAS - Tabular Model course timesTime:09:30-16:30

Course Contents

The contents of this course are as follows:

Getting started

  • Multidimensional vs tabular
  • Separate named instances

Visual Studio basics

  • Visual Studio windows
  • Setting startup options
  • Creating a project

Connecting to SQL Server

  • Creating and using connections
  • Filtering rows and columns

Creating a data model

  • Hiding from client tools
  • Renaming tables/columns
  • How column storage works
  • How processing works

Relationships

  • Diagram view
  • Creating relationships

Excel pivot tables

  • Analysing data in Excel
  • Connecting from Excel
  • Using Excel pivot tables

Covered if time allows If time

Power BI Desktop overview

  • Importing from SSAS
  • Basic visualisations
  • How publishing works

Other data sources

  • Linking to Excel
  • Pasting in data

Calculated columns

  • Using IF and SWITCH
  • BLANK arithmetic
  • Linking tables using RELATED

Measures

  • Creating measures
  • SUMX, AVERAGEX, etc.

Changing query context

  • The CALCULATE function
  • Using FILTER

Prototyping using PowerPivot

  • Using PowerPivot
  • Importing PowerPivot models into SSAS
  • Constraints

Accessing DAX queries

  • From within Excel
  • From Reporting Services

Calendars

  • Creating a calendar table
  • Using multiple calendars

Date calculations

  • Working days
  • Period to date
  • Prior and parallel periods
  • Semi-additive measures

Hierarchies

  • Creating a hierarchy
  • Viewing hierarchies

KPIs

  • The parts of a KPI
  • Absolute and relative measures
  • Creating and viewing KPIs

Perspectives

  • Creating perspectives
  • Using in Excel

Covered if time allows If time

Security

  • How security works
  • Creating roles
  • Filtering rows by role

You should be familiar with how relational databases work to attend this course. You'll also find the course more difficult if you haven't used pivot tables in Excel.

Why Choose Us?

Sample customer feedback

Our thanks to everyone who agreed to share their thoughts (note that some of these reviews may be for our online courses).

"2 days passed quickly as the course involved lots of hands on exercises. Contents were relevant and I would recommend it."

InSun Ahn (Tokyo Electron Europe Ltd)

"Great course, very insightful and the trainer was comprehensive with everything he showed me. Thanks!"

Jordan Byrom (Addleshaw Goddard)

"This is my second training and as before, the trainer was knowledgeable and very clear with his explanations. He was able to tailor the course to match my experience and I am very satisfied overall. I wanted to improve my SSAS skills. Though the course was about a model we don't use at work right now, I am positive I will get the opportunity to put it to good use."

Folakemi Ayoade (Bank of England)

"Our trainer knew his stuff - and was able to accommodate our many questions about SSAS, as applicable to our work context. Previously, I have mostly attended in person training - so still getting the hang of "online" version, and was pleased to have useful course resources provided in advance."

Victor Ochieng (Plan International)

"Thoroughly enjoyed the course especially as I had the privilege of being the only candidate. Consequently was able to discuss detailed issues related to my area of concern. Also, as it’s not a Microsoft certified course with an exam, there’s no time pressure and the trainer could be flexible about allowing some familiar aspects to be dropped so we could focus on other areas in more detail."

Phil Breeze (Sepura plc)

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