Microsoft Certification : request for exclusive certification for Analysis Services

As an OLAP professional, I eat, sleep and drink "Analysis Services". A certification would help in stamping my expertise in this area (and may be enhance my salary too :) )

Analysis Services is a subject area deep enough that does not leave anytime for me to practice other Microsoft BI tools such as Reporting Services, Data Mining, Integration services and so on.

However, if I need to get certified in Analysis Services, there seems to be only one exam available below:

Exam 70-445: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence—Implementation and Maintenance

The exam covers the following subject areas:

  • Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services (includes Data Mining too)
  • Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Integration Services
  • Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services

Can Microsoft come with an exam exclusively focusing on Analysis Services where they test the in-depth  knowledge of Analysis Services?

Analysis Services is a pretty in-depth technology that needs the following expertise:

  • Dimensional, cube, KPI, drill-through, Actions modeling
  • Business problem solving using analysis services
  • Underlying relational schema & data source view design
  • Aggregation and partition design
  • Write backs
  • MDX calculations and queries
  • Security
  • Performance improvements
  • .Net stored procedure extensions
  • Administration
  • Many more that I might have missed

4 comments:

Heba ElDesouky said...

you are true, we really need such a certification.

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