Project Description

On-Demand, Video-based

OD10988: Managing SQL Business Intelligence Operations    

Course Description  

This course is aimed at database professionals who manage Business Intelligence (BI) operations. This course looks at various options that provide the ability of business users to analyze data and share their findings, starting with managed BI data sources and expanding to personal and external/public data sources.  

Course Objectives  

After completing this course, students will be able to:  

  • Describe key features of a self-service BI solution  
  • Describe the key capabilities of SQL Server BI in a SharePoint environment  
  • Describe common Analysis Services operational tasks  
  • Describe PowerPivot for SharePoint server  
  • Describe Power Query  
  • Describe Windows Azure HDInsight  


The primary audience for this course are business intelligence professionals.  

The secondary audiences for this course are technically proficient business users.  


In addition to their professional experience, students who attend this training should already have the following technical knowledge:  

  • Some basic knowledge of data warehouse schema topology (including star and snowflake schemas)  
  • Some exposure to basic programming constructs (such as looping and branching)  
  • An awareness of key business priorities such as revenue, profitability, and financial accounting is desirable 
  • Familiarity with SharePoint Server and Microsoft Office applications – particularly Excel  

Course Outline  

Module 1: Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server BI Solution  

This module is designed to set the scene for the rest of this course. 


  • Rationale for BI Operations 
  • Roles in BI Operations 
  • Technologies Used in BI Operations 
  • Environment and Operational Standards 

Lab: Exploring an enterprise BI solution  

After completing this module, you will be able to: 

  • Describe the rationale for BI operations 
  • Describe roles in BI operations 
  • Describe the technologies used in BI operations  
  • Describe environments and operational standards  

Module 2: SQL Server BI Features with Microsoft SharePoint  

This module focuses on optimizing the data platforms on which the BI solutions reside, adhering to best practice to meet the requirements of the business 


  • The Importance of Standardized Builds 
  • Configuration Considerations for BI Technologies 
  • BI Architectures 
  • SharePoint BI Environments  

Lab: Configure BI Components 

After completing this module, you will be able to:  

  • Describe the importance of standarized builds 
  • Describe the configuration considerations for BI technologies 
  • Describe BI architectures 
  • Describe SharePoint BI environments  

Module 3: Managing Business Intelligence Security 

This module discusses how managing the security of data within an organization should be the first priority for any operational team. 


  • Security Approach to BI Solutions 
  • Security Components 
  • Security Approach for BI Components 
  • The Security Approach in Different BI Environments 

Lab: Managing Business Intelligence Security 

After completing this module, you will be able to:  

  • Describe the security approach to a BI solution 
  • Understand the security components available 
  • Apply the security components to BI technologies 
  • Manage security in different environments 

Module 4: Supporting Analysis Services  

This module helps you to understand the tools that are available and benefits they offer will help you to pick the right tool for the job and aid deployment. 


  • Application Life Cycle Management for BI Solution 
  • Stand-Alone Deployments 
  • Team-based Deployments  

Lab: Supporting Analysis Services  

After completing this module, you will be able to:  

  • Understand application life-cycle management for BI solutions 
  • Understand stand-alone deployments 
  • Understand team-based deployments 

Module 5: Logging and Monitoring in BI Operations 

This module introduces techniques to ensure the continued service of key applications that are used within the business. 


  • The need for Logging and Monitoring 
  • Logging Options 
  • Monitoring Options 
  • Setting Up Alerts 

Lab: Monitoring BI Solutions 

After completing this module, you will be able to: 

  • Describe need for logging and monitoring 
  • Use various logging options 
  • Use monitoring tools 
  • Set up notifications 

Module 6: Troubleshooting BI Solutions  

This module introduces techniques to troubleshoot failed BI operations 


  • Troubleshoot Failed BI Solutions 
  • Troubleshooting the Data Warehouse 
  • Troubleshooting SQL Server Analysis Services 
  • Troubleshooting SQL Server Reporting Services 

Lab: Troubleshooting BI Solutions 

After completing this module, you will be able to:  

  • Troubleshooting failed BI solutions 
  • Troubleshooting data warehouses 
  • Troubleshooting Analysis Services 
  • Troubleshooting Reporting Services 

Module 7: Performance Turning BI Queries 

This module introduces tuning the query aspects of the BI solution to improve performance. 


  • The need for Performance Tuning 
  • BI Queries to Performance Tune 
  • Tools for Performance Tuning 
  • Remediating Performance Issues 

Lab: Performance Turning a BI Solution 

After completing this module, you will be able to:  

  • Understand the need for performance tuning 
  • Describe the BI queries required to carry out performance turning 
  • Use the tools for performance tuning 
  • Remediate performance problems