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Studying and Learning Business Intelligence

  • 2 October 2012
  • Author: MikeDavis
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I have been doing interviews for Pragmatic works for the past few years and I have come across quite a few people who wanted to be hired as a senior BI consultant and their skills were just not up to the level of a senior consultant. It seems they work in an environment that corners them into doing things a certain way and not giving the opportunity to grow pass their defined role. So I put together a list of study items to help people ramp up in BI skills.

 

Here are some suggested books:

 

BI:

http://www.amazon.com/Knights-Microsoft-Business-Intelligence-24-Hour/dp/0470889632/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1349185599&sr=1-1&keywords=business+intelligence+24+hours

 

SSIS:

http://www.amazon.com/Knights-Microsoft-Integration-Services-24-Hour/dp/1118479580/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1349185567&sr=8-8&keywords=ssis+2012

http://www.amazon.com/Professional-Microsoft-Server-Integration-Services/dp/111810112X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349122074&sr=8-1&keywords=ssis+2012

 

SSRS:

http://www.amazon.com/Professional-Microsoft-Server-Reporting-Services/dp/1118101111/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349122094&sr=8-1&keywords=ssrs+professional

 

SSAS:

http://www.amazon.com/Expert-Development-Microsoft-Analysis-Services/dp/1847197221/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1349122111&sr=1-3&keywords=ssas+professional

 

For Data modeling:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Data-Warehouse-Toolkit-Dimensional/dp/0471200247/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349122258&sr=8-1&keywords=data+warehouse+toolkit

 

You may also want to consider getting certified in business intelligence

http://www.bidn.com/blogs/MikeDavis/ssis/369/microsoft-business-intelligence-certification-70-448-ssis-ssas-ssrs

http://www.bidn.com/blogs/MikeDavis/ssis/881/microsoft-business-intelligence-certification-pro-test-70-452

 

I would also suggest you get involved with the SQL community by attending and speaking at your local user groups and SQL Saturdays, and start blogging to get your name out there.

http://www.sqlpass.org/

 

I would also suggest following these blogs and reading them weekly to keep up with the newest information.

SSIS:

http://sqlblog.com/blogs/jamie_thomson/

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mattm/

SSAS:

http://cwebbbi.wordpress.com/

http://sqlblog.com/blogs/alberto_ferrari/

SSRS:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/robertbruckner/

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlrsteamblog/

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bobmeyers/

 

Attend the free webinars available at :

http://pragmaticworks.com/LearningCenter.aspx

 

If you are a senior BI developer and you have other suggestions please leave a comment to help out those still growing.

 

Good luck in your studies.

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