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Preparing for 70-463 Exam : Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012


After passing 70-461 exam last year I’m now preparing for 70-463 exam i.e. Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012. This exam mainly focuses on implementing Data Warehouses with Dimension & Fact tables, working with SSIS packages and Data Quality solutions. Thus being a Database Developer (primarily) this exam will be bit tough for me as I’ve not worked with Dimensional modelling, SSIS and DQS.

This exam is primarily intended for ETL and Data Warehouse (DW) developers who create Business Intelligence (BI) solutions, and whose responsibilities include Data Cleansing, and Extract Transform Load and Data Warehouse implementation.

–> The Exam is divided into 5 modules:
1. Design and Implement a Data Warehouse
2. Extract and Transform data
3. Load Data
4. Configure and deploy SSIS solutions
5. Build Data Quality solutions

You need to brush up on following Skills in the these Modules:
-:Check links with the below items for more information:-

-> Design and Implement a Data Warehouse | 11%
– Introducing Star and Snowflake Schemas
– Design and Implement Dimensions
– Design and Implement Fact tables
– Managing the Performance of a Data Warehouse
- PREP links: Introduction to dimensions (Analysis Services – multidimensional data) | Dimension relationships | Columnstore indexes

-> Extract and Transform data | 23%
– Define Connection managers
– Design Data Flow
– Implement Data Flow with Transformations
– Control Flow tasks and Containers, Precedence Constraints
– Manage SSIS package execution
– Implement Script tasks in SSIS
- PREP links: Integration Services (SSIS) connections | Data flow | Slowly changing dimension transformation

-> Load Data | 27%
– Design control flow
– Implement package logic by using SSIS variables and parameter
– Implement Control flow
– Implement Data Load options
– Implement Script components in SSIS
– Slowly Changing Dimensions
– Preparing a Package for Incremental Load
– Package Transactions, Checkpoints, Event Handlers
- PREP links: Integration Services transactions | Developing a custom task | Integration Services (SSIS) parameters

-> Configure and Seploy SSIS solutions | 24%
– Troubleshoot Data Integration issues
– Install and Maintain SSIS components
– Implement Auditing, Logging, and Event handling
– Deploy SSIS solutions
– Configure SSIS security settings
– Data Mining Task and Transformation
– Preparing Data for Data Mining
– Implementing SSIS Fuzzy Transformations
- PREP links: Troubleshooting tools for package development | Load-balancing packages on remote servers by using SQL Server Agent | Integration Services (SSIS) logging

-> Build Data Quality Solutions (DQS) | 15%
– Install and maintain Data Quality services
– Creating and Maintaining a Knowledge Base
– Create a Data Quality project to clean data, Profiling Data and Improving Data Quality
– Using DQS and the DQS Cleansing Transformation
– Implement Master Data Management (MDM) solutions
– Using Master Data Services Add-in for Excel
- PREP links: Install Data Quality Services | Install Master Data Services | Master Data Services features and tasks

–> You can visit following Study materials to prepare for this Exam:

Microsoft Link for this Certification: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam-70-463.aspx

Book “Training Kit (Exam 70-463): Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012″
- on AMAZON.com: http://www.amazon.com/Training-Kit-Exam-70-463-Implementing/dp/0735666091?tag=651998669-20
- on OREILLY: http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0790145345219.do

Will try to update this blog post or will put up a new post with my learning while preparing for this exam.

All The Best!!!

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  1. Srikanth M
    December 5, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Thank You Manoj for the overview of 70463 exam.
    I also started prepating for this exam.

  2. ekkowekko
    January 16, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Thank you for the information. I’m also preparing for the exam. Did you already take the exam?

    • January 16, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks @Srikanth & @Ekkowekko, for your comments.
      I’m planning to give this exam from long time, but my office work load is delaying this. I’ll take this exam very soon and post the experience here.

      ~manoj

  3. Patrick
    April 5, 2014 at 3:22 am

    Hi Manoj,

    I passed this test today, and I have to say it was much more enjoyable thank the 70-461 exam. I look forward to your analysis of your experience that I could compare mine to.

    -Patrick

    • May 14, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Congratulations Partick and best of luck for the next exams!

  4. Poonam
    May 14, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Hi Patrick,

    Congrats for passing the Data Warehouse Certification Exam! Could you please share with us what books did you refer to study for the exam? How long did you for the exam? I have already passed 70-461 exam and I have around 6 months of experience working in a Business Intelligence team. What do you think how hard the exam is?

  5. Patrick
    May 19, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Hi Poonam,

    I used only the 70-463 Training Kit book and it was sufficient for me. I had been using SSIS with BIDS 2008 as well as Data Tools that came with SQL Server 2012 on a daily basis for my job for the 7 Months prior to taking the test. Since I had been using the environment so extensively, I felt comfortable in the test when asked to use the tools. I feel that you would be going into the exam with the same level of preparation I had and should come out successful as well.

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