MCTS – SQL Server 2008, Business Itelligence Development and Maintenance

In this post I will talk about MCTS BI 2008;

Microsoft certification plan for Business Intelligence in SQL Server 2008 contains two exams:

70-448 ; MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) – SQL Server 2008, Business Itelligence Development and Maintenance

70-452 ; MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional) – Business Intelligence Developer 2008

so if you want to get certified in Microsoft BI 2008 you can pass two exams above

Order of exams is important, you cannot sit on 70-452 before passing 70-448.

exam 70-448 may contain 55 question (more of less), in these main areas:

Implementing an SSIS Solution (17%)

Configuring, Deploying, and Maintaining SSIS (15%)

Implementing an SSAS Solution (21%)

Configuring, Deploying, and Maintaining SSAS (17%)

Implementing an SSRS Solution (17%)

Configuring, Deploying, and Maintaining SSRS (13%)

So If you have a detailed development knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SSIS, SSAS and SSRS you can pass this exam easily.

For preparing this exam I strongly recommend this book:

MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-448): Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance

This book covered all exam’s main aspects. But note that you can not just rely on this book if you didn’t worked with SSIS, SSAS and SSRS before. So if you are a novice in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Business Intelligence you should read more books on these 3 main products: SSIS, SSAS and SSRS.

I’ve passed this exam few days ago with mark 838. Passing mark for exam is 700. and time for exam is much more than enough to answer all questions.

Note that Microsoft Certification Plan for SQL Server 2012 changed, but if you have MCTS BI you can pass upgrade exams.

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Reza Rad is a Microsoft Regional Director, an Author, Trainer, Speaker and Consultant. He has a BSc in Computer engineering; he has more than 20 years’ experience in data analysis, BI, databases, programming, and development mostly on Microsoft technologies. He is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP for nine continuous years (from 2011 till now) for his dedication in Microsoft BI. Reza is an active blogger and co-founder of RADACAD. Reza is also co-founder and co-organizer of Difinity conference in New Zealand.
His articles on different aspects of technologies, especially on MS BI, can be found on his blog:
He wrote some books on MS SQL BI and also is writing some others, He was also an active member on online technical forums such as MSDN and Experts-Exchange, and was a moderator of MSDN SQL Server forums, and is an MCP, MCSE, and MCITP of BI. He is the leader of the New Zealand Business Intelligence users group. He is also the author of very popular book Power BI from Rookie to Rock Star, which is free with more than 1700 pages of content and the Power BI Pro Architecture published by Apress.
He is an International Speaker in Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft Business Applications Summit, Data Insight Summit, PASS Summit, SQL Saturday and SQL user groups. And He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer.
Reza’s passion is to help you find the best data solution, he is Data enthusiast.

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