Fine Tune Your SQL Skills in 2 Days

Join Pragmatic Works as we tour the country with our live two-day sessions on SSIS, SSRS & Performance Tuning.  We target major cities providing affordable SQL training courses sure to be near your local home base. 

Microsoft SQL industry experts delivering quality training. 

Hone Your SQL Expertise

Remote SQL Server, SharePoint and Performance Tuning training classes saving you time and money.  We offer morning and afternoon sessions providing less time away from work at a fraction of the cost.   


Increase BI Knowledge in 1 Week

The Pragmatic Works BI Quick Start provides hands on labs teaching you how to build a fully functional prototype data warehouse using SQL Server. We train you on the complete Microsoft BI Platform: SSIS, SSAS, SSRS, and SharePoint BI in 5 days. Our  Business Intelligence courses are taught in major cities throughout the United States.


Master SSIS Workshop
I have taken probably 50 training classes in my career and this one was, by far, the best one I've taken. Perfect match for what I was looking for. Great job!

- Peter Tassmer, ConnectiCare

Performance Tuning Workshop
Thank you guys so much for coming to Denver. That was the best DBA class I have taken. I really hope you're coming back next year to talk 2014!

- Michael Husler, NOAA Federal

Performance Tuning Workshop
Class was overflowing with value delivered by extremely competent professionals and instructors and I have walked away truly enriched by it.

- Zoran Cvijetic
Sr. SQL Server DBA /
Database Systems Architect
20th Century Fox
Performance Tuning Workshop
If you have the time and money, please take the workshop. You might even learn something like this old IT guy did.

-John F Miner III, Senior SQL Developer at Total Quality Management
Virtual Training

"The best providers of high quality Microsoft BI related virtual and on-site classes. Their assistance during class, hands-on approach as well as post-class help made for a great experience"

Cosmin Ioan
Sr. Data Architect at Acquinity Interactive

Virtual Training

"I'm impressed by the number of examples involved in the training, the affordability of the class, and more than anything, the fact that I can keep a video recording of the training after it's over. Pragmatic Works is the first place I look to and recommend for SQL training. "

Jason Hurley

Virtual Training
If you have become or expect to become responsible for SQL Server Analysis Services in your shop you owe it to yourself to take this course.

Bryant Byrd,
Sr. BI Systems Analyst
Eastman Chemical Company

Virtual Training

"This is the class that got me going on SSRS. The format: a unique combination of an online class where you still could interact personally with the instructor. The class content: Starting from scratch so everyone can keep up. The instructor: I have also taken other Pragmatics webcasts and these people are specialized in BI"

-Philip Leduc

Tabular and PowerPivot for Developers (Online)

Duration: 3 Days
Location: Online
NEW IN 2013: Now includes Virtual Mentor time!

Training Course Sections

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Training Course Overview

Tabular and PowerPivot for Developers is an intensive three-day course that is designed to get you up to speed using PowerPivot quickly and productively. You will start from basic concepts and move to complex data models and DAX formulas. In addition, this course covers creating and deploying tabular data models using SQL Server Data Tools. Once deployed, tabular data models can be used by data analysts, decision makers, and information workers for ad-hoc reporting and data exploration. By the end of this course, you will feel confident using this powerful toolset to analyze and gain insight from your business data. It includes plenty of hands on labs designed to give you practical experience using PowerPivot and creating tabular data models.

IMPORTANT: When you purchase a seat in this class you also receive 1 hour of our BI Virtual Mentor service for assistance with YOUR project work. This remote service lets you work ONE on ONE with our BI mentors to accelerate YOUR project and further improve YOUR skills. Your Virtual Mentor hours can be used during business hours anytime during the 12 months following your class. To set up a session, download this simple questionaire, fill it out, and send it as an attachment to This unique Pragmatic Works offering insures that your training will translate into real world success for YOUR projects.

Training Course Prerequisites

The target audience of this class is the database developer or DBA who is tasked with providing a self-service BI environment to the rest of the business. A background in database development is required, but no previous knowledge of PowerPivot, DAX or SQL Data Tools is assumed. Some experience using pivot tables and formulas in Excel may be helpful but is not required.

System Requirements

  • AdventureWorksDW2012 database installed on an accessible instance of SQL Sever
  • 1 GB of available RAM (recommended 4 GB or more)
  • GHz CPU (recommended 2 GHz or faster)
  • Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8 or Windows RT
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SQL Server Data Tools
  • Excel 2010 or greater

Terms & Conditions

Class Recordings

A class recording will be available via the web for a limited time for students who missed a session. Recordings are copyright protected and may not be distributed to others.

One Student Per Seat

We limit the number of students in each class to maintain a proper student to instructor ratio. Each purchased seat in a Virtual Training class is for use by one student only.

Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy

Students must provide at least 14 days’ notice to reschedule or withdraw from a class. In the case of withdrawal a credit will be issued for another Virtual Training class of similar value. Cancellation/reschedule with less than 14 days’ notice is subject to a fee of 100% of the total price.

We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule a class up to 2 weeks prior to the start date. Any students in a cancelled or rescheduled class have the option of a refund or credit to be used for another Virtual Training class of similar value.

Training Course Outline

Day 1:

  • Module 1: Introduction to PowerPivot (30min)

    • Why use PowerPivot?
    • Data Compression and query processing with the Vertipaq engine
    • Installing PowerPivot
    • Exploring Data with PowerPivot
    • Hands On Lab – Installing and Exploring Data with PowerPivot
  • Module 2: Importing Data into PowerPivot (30min)

    • Importing Data from a Database
    • Importing Data from a File
    • Importing Data from an SSAS Cube
    • Importing Data from a Data Feed
    • Refreshing the Data
    • Hands On Lab – Loading Data into PowerPivot
  • Module 3: Creating the Data Model (60min)

    • What is a Data Model?
    • Creating Table Relations
    • Combining Tables
    • Linked Tables
    • Creating Hierarchies
    • Hands On Lab – Updating a Data Model in PowerPivot
  • Module 4: Creating Calculations with DAX (60min)

    • Introduction to DAX
    • Adding Calculated Columns
    • DAX Operators
    • Working with Text
    • Using Date and Time Functions
    • Using Conditional and Logical Functions
    • Navigation Functions
    • Hands on Lab – Adding Calculated Columns with DAX

Day 2:

  • Module 5: Creating Measures with DAX (60min)

    • Measures
    • Filter Context
    • Creating Aggregates
    • Using the Calculate Function
    • Miscellaneous Functions
    • Hands on Lab – Adding Measures with DAX
  • Module 6: Incorporating Time Intelligence (60min)

    • Creating Date Tables
    • Time Intelligence Functions
    • Comparing Data over Time
    • Semi-Additive Measures
    • Hands on Lab – Adding Time Intelligence
  • Module 7: Working with PivotTables (30min)

    • Pivot Table Fundamentals
    • Sorting, Filtering, and Formatting
    • Adding Calculations
    • Using Sets and Adding Banding
    • Hands on Lab – Building a PivotTable Report
  • Module 8: Visualizing Data (30min)

    • Working with PiivotCharts
    • Using Multiple Charts and Tables
    • Managing Data Refresh
    • Hands on Lab – Visualizing the Data

Day 3:

  • Module 9: Creating Tabular Data Models in SSAS (60min)

    • Advantages of using Tabular Data Models
    • Installing SSAS Tabular Mode
    • Creating Tabular Model Projects in SQL Server Data Tools
    • Importing Data
    • Table Relations
    • Hands On Lab – Loading Data into a Tabular Model
  • Module 10: Understanding Context in DAX (30min)

    • Identifying the Row Context
    • Query and Filter Contexts
    • Functions that Alter Context
    • Hands On Lab - Exploring Row and Filter Contexts
  • Module 11: Advanced Data Analysis (30min)

    • Creating KPI’s
    • Parent - Child Relationships
    • Many to Many Relationships
    • Hands on Lab – Creating KPIs and Parent-Child Hierarchies
  • Module 12: Managing and Securing Tabular Data Models in SSAS (60 min)

    • Implementing Perspectives
    • Creating Partitions
    • Employing Role Based Security
    • Implementing Row Level Security
    • Testing Security Roles
    • Deploying a Tabular Model
    • Hands On Lab – Securing a Tabular Model
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