Introduction to SQL Server MDX

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Course Number: SQL-330

Duration: 3 days (19.5 hours)

Format: Live, hands-on

SQL Server MDX Training Overview

Accelebrate's SQL Server training teaches attendees the core techniques for using MDX with Analysis Services to deliver high-performance business intelligence solutions.

Note: This class is appropriate for SQL Server 2008 R2 through 2017.

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In addition, some courses are available as live, online classes for individuals. See a schedule of online courses.

Objectives

  • Construct and execute MDX queries
  • Work with tuples and sets
  • Build calculated members
  • Work with multiple functions in a single query
  • Build complex sets to retrieve the exact data users need
  • Perform aggregation functions and navigate data hierarchies
  • Assemble time-based business metrics

Prerequisites

All SQL Server MDX training attendees should have prior experience with SQL Server Analysis Services (working with cubes) version 2008 or later, or have taken Accelebrate's Designing and Implementing SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) Multidimensional Databases.

Outline

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Welcome to MDX
  • The Business Intelligence Landscape
  • The Dimensional Model
  • Implementing the Dimensional Model
  • The MDX Language
Using the MDX Query Editor
  • SQL Server Management Studio
  • The MDX Query Editor
  • Building a Simple MDX Query
  • Exploring the Step-by-Step Cube
  • Building a More Complex Query
Understanding Tuples
  • N-dimensional Space
  • Cube Space
  • Accessing Data with Tuples
  • Understanding Cells
  • Working with Partial Tuples
  • Building Tuples with User-Hierarchies
Working with Sets
  • Set Basics
  • Understanding the SELECT Statement
  • Building Sets with Functions
  • Limiting Sets
Working with Expressions
  • Expression Basics
  • Calculated Members
  • Building Dynamic Expressions
  • Resolving Contextual Conflicts
  • Building Complex Expressions
Building Complex Sets
  • Assembling Ordered Sets
  • Retrieving the First or Last Tuples of a Set
  • Filtering Sets
  • Combining Sets
  • Performing Advanced Set Construction
Performing Aggregation
  • Performing Summation
  • Calculating Averages
  • Identifying Minimum and Maximum Values
  • Counting Tuples in Sets
Navigating Hierarchies
  • Accessing Immediate Relatives
  • Accessing Extended Relatives
  • Navigating within a Level
Working with Time
  • Understanding the Time Dimension
  • Calculating an Accumulating Total
  • Performing Period-over-Period Analysis
  • Combining Time-Based Metrics
Enhancing the Cube (Optional)
  • Understanding the MDX Script
  • Constructing Calculated Members
  • Assembling Named Sets
Building Reports (Optional)
  • Getting Started
  • Connecting to Analysis Services
  • Designing the Dataset
  • Adding Parameters to the Dataset
  • Presenting the Data in the Report
Conclusion

Training Materials:

All students receive comprehensive course materials and a copy of Microsoft Press' Microsoft SQL Server 2008 MDX Step by Step.

Software Requirements:

  • At least 8GB RAM (16GB RAM recommended for SQL Server 2016 or later)
  • A full install of the version of SQL Server (server and client tools) you are using for the class, including Analysis Services
    • The version of 64-bit Windows required varies by SQL Server version
  • Related sample databases and lab files that Accelebrate will provide


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