I’d like to make you aware of a three-hour training event that I will be presenting, hosted by SQL Server Pro Magazine on Thursday, July 30th beginning at 11 AM Eastern Time. Each one-hour session has a one hour break between and registered attendees can watch the sessions again after the event. You can get details about each session and register using the links in this event summary:
Designing a Mobile Dashboard Solution with Microsoft DataZen
Microsoft DataZen is a new tool from Microsoft built on a mature and time-tested foundation of enterprise services and visualization components. Analytic dashboards created by data professionals are available to users on desktops and practically all modern mobile device platforms. Enabling a stunning user experience requires BI solution developers to set up servers, configure services and data sources, write queries and design dashboards.
This class will guide students through this complex process and show them how to create a comprehensive dashboard solution; beginning with the essentials and then exploring advanced capabilities to integrate dashboards into an enterprise BI ecosystem.
By the end of the course you will learn:
- How DataZen fits into an enterprise BI strategy & works with other Microsoft BI & reporting technologies
- How to build and configure a secure DataZen Enterprise Server
- Dashboard design basics and best-practices
- How to apply advanced features like parameters and expressions to create dashboard navigation & drill-through capabilities
In addition to the technical sessions, Paul will be available during each session for LIVE Q&A. PLUS if you miss a live session or want to review the recordings, you will have access to the complete course recordings and materials for 12 months.
Session 1: Introducing DataZen and Building a Server – 11am EDT
In this introductory session, we tour DataZen mobile dashboard solutions, learn about scenarios where the tool is effectively used to provide business value and enable users to visualize data on various mobile devices. Learn how DataZen fits in the Microsoft BI product spectrum and how it can be used to create an integrated BI and reporting solution.
Get started building a solution by installing and configuring DataZen Enterprise Server. Enable email delivery, dashboard hubs, users, branding and caching options. Prepare for dashboard design by creating data sources and data view queries.
Session 2: Essential Mobile Dashboard Design – 1pm EDT
Using the DataZen Publisher and integrated dashboard designer, learn to create functional dashboards for tablet, phone and desktop devices. You will learn to use several visualization controls to create an interactive dashboard experience with navigators and data selectors, gauges, charts, maps and data grids.
This session builds on the foundation of server objects created in the first session, using data sources and data views to drive dashboards and KPIs based on server-hosted data in SQL Server and Analysis Services.
Session 3: Advanced Dashboard Design & Techniques – 3pm EDT
We begin with a tour of sophisticated capabilities used to integrated dashboards into a complete Business Intelligence and enterprise reporting solution. You will learn how parameters and expressions are used to pass selections and context to another dashboard, web site or report. Use expressions and variables to customize the user’s navigation experience, providing drill-through paths to dashboards and detail reports.
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