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Dimensional modelling is an integral part of any BI (Business Intelligence) system and can be used within the data warehouse and/or the data marts.
This 3 day course assumes no prior knowledge of dimensional modelling. It starts by discussing what a data warehouse is, how they are designed and the part that dimensional modelling plays.
The vitally important process of requirement gathering is covered and attendees are shown how to:
- Collect the analytical requirements of the business users.
- Create a logical model of these requirements.
- Create a star schema from those requirements.
The relational and dimensional models are compared and contrasted, with particular reference to the current Kimball/Inmon debate.
The course then looks in great detail at dimensional modelling itself and finally ends with a summary of possible BI architectures.
Delegates will learn how to
- Understand the pros and cons of relational and dimensional modelling.
- Design dimensional models from analytical business requirements.
- Produce effective star schemas that deliver the analytical capabilities that the business requires.
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Course Topics (28 topics)
- Introduction to designing dimensional data warehouses
- Gathering analytical requirements
- Logical (Sun) modelling
- Physical modelling - the star schema
- Facts and dimensions
- Attributes and hierarchies
- Time dimensions
- Synonym dimensions
- Surrogate keys
- Additive, semi-additive and non-additive measures
- Degenerate dimensions
- Slowly changing dimensions
- Bridge tables
- Mini dimensions
- Hot-swappable dimensions
- Multi-valued dimensions
- Parent child dimensions
- Bitmap dimensions
- Ragged hierarchies
- Unbalanced hierarchies
- Step dimensions
- First and last analysis
- Optimizing fact table performance
- Indexing in star schema