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Posted Tuesday, August 7, 2012 11:51 PM
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I am a Junior Data Analyst , and use primarily Excel 2010 . I would like to begin using BI Tools that came with MS SQL and have some questions about the training . I already use MySQL so I am already familiar with using SQL .

1) . Does it matter which Service I learn first Integration Service , Reporting Services or Analysis Service ? Or is there no prerequisite order in which to train ? ( I suspect it may depend on what tools you need but would like to be certain) .

2) Which would be better to learn first , T-SQL or Python for scripting in BI ?

3) I am deciding if I should use a MS SQL Hosting Service as opposed to adding a Virtual Drive to my Windows 7 machine and loading Application . If I do take this route , what should I look for in a Hosting Service ? Such as minimum memory , disk space , bandwidth , cost per month , and generally any real world pros and cons to be aware of .

Thanks for any info .
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I already use MySQL so I am already familiar with using SQL

Dont confuse MySQL with MSSQL, they are two very different products and somethings that work in MySQL dont work in MSSQL and the other way around


1) . Does it matter which Service I learn first Integration Service , Reporting Services or Analysis Service ? Or is there no prerequisite order in which to train ? ( I suspect it may depend on what tools you need but would like to be certain) .

Personally I would start with SSIS as that is the basis to get data from OLTP to OLAP.
Then I would do SSAS and then SSRS, but either way round will do.


2) Which would be better to learn first , T-SQL or Python for scripting in BI ?

T-SQL, MDX, DMX, XMLA are the languages which SQL server use for BI


3) I am deciding if I should use a MS SQL Hosting Service as opposed to adding a Virtual Drive to my Windows 7 machine and loading Application . If I do take this route , what should I look for in a Hosting Service ? Such as minimum memory , disk space , bandwidth , cost per month , and generally any real world pros and cons to be aware of .

What are you trying to acheive? Live environment? Test/Dev environment?
What do you do already for your existing MySQL / MSSQL servers?




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As a data analyst i think you can also now use a different approach , or atleast one that i think will help you more in your job. Try looking at these featuers in 2012 , DAX , Powerview , DQS , MDS

These are some really good tools for the Data analyst in sql server. These are all part of MS self service BI where you no longer need to really learn SSIS , SSRS and SSAS in order to be a DA.


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