Foundations of SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence

Foundations of SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence

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by Guy Fouche, Lynn Langit
     
 

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Foundations of SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence introduces the entire exciting gamut of business intelligence tools included with SQL Server 2008. Microsoft has designed SQL Server 2008 to be more than just a database. It’s a complete business intelligence (BI) platform. The database is at its core, and surrounding the core are tools for data

Overview

Foundations of SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence introduces the entire exciting gamut of business intelligence tools included with SQL Server 2008. Microsoft has designed SQL Server 2008 to be more than just a database. It’s a complete business intelligence (BI) platform. The database is at its core, and surrounding the core are tools for data mining, modeling, reporting, analyzing, charting, and integration with other enterprise-level software packages.

SQL Server 2008 puts an incredible amount of BI functionality at your disposal. But how do you take advantage of it? That’s what this book is all about. Authors Guy Fouché and Lynn Langit show how to implement end-to-end BI solutions using SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS), SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), and other tools in the Microsoft business intelligence toolkit. You’ll learn about all-features such as PowerPivot and Report Builder 3.0. Also provided are clear examples of predictive analysis made possible through powerful data mining features in SQL Server.

If you’re an analyst or developer working with SQL Server 2008 who is charged with delivering results that drive business success, you can’t afford to be without this book; you can’t afford to ignore the powerful business intelligence suite that Microsoft has placed at your disposal.

  • Provides the "big picture" of Microsoft’s BI tool suite
  • Covers PowerPivot and other game-changing technologies introduced alongside SQL Server 2008 Release 2
  • Gives a practical analysis of features based on real-world practices

What you’ll learn

  • Apply dimensional- and fact-based modeling to create OLAP schemas
  • Optimize data extraction and transformation with SQL Server Integration Services
  • Develop OLAP and data-mining solutions using SQL Server Analysis Services
  • Create compelling reports using the new Report Builder 3.0 in SQL Server Reporting Services
  • Deliver self-service business-intelligence via Microsoft PowerPivot
  • Manage and maintain control over your business intelligence environment

Who this book is for

Foundations of SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence is for business intelligence analysts and developers wanting to employ the full stack of business intelligence tools that are part of SQL Server. The book also appeals to database administrators managing databases in support of business intelligence efforts.

Table of Contents

  1. What Is Business Intelligence?
  2. OLAP Modeling Concepts
  3. Introducing OLAP Modeling with SSAS
  4. Intermediate OLAP Modeling with SSAS
  5. Advanced OLAP Modeling with SSAS
  6. Cube Storage and Aggregation
  7. Introducing SSIS
  8. Intermediate SSIS
  9. Advanced SSIS
  10. Reporting Tools
  11. Data Mining with Excel
  12. Introducing PowerPivot
  13. Introduction to MDX
  14. Introduction to Data Mining

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781430233244
Publisher:
Apress
Publication date:
03/31/2011
Edition description:
2nd ed. 2011
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

Guy Fouch is a business intelligence and decision support system consultant in the Dallas, Texas area. Guy spends his evenings playing one of his eight trumpets and expanding his composition skills using the current generation of music technologies. On the weekend, he puts as many miles as he can on his bright yellow Honda F4i sport motorcycle. Guy and Jodi enjoy taking nine-day trips in their Jeep 4x4, taking photographs and writing travelogs along the way. You can view their photography at http://photography.fouche.ws.

Lynn Langit is the founder and lead architect of WebFluent, which for the past six years has trained users and developers in building business intelligence solutions. A holder of numerous Microsoft certifications, including MCT, MCITP, MCDBA, MCSD.NET, MCSE, and MSF, she also has 10 years of experience in business management. This unique background makes her particularly qualified to share her expertise in developing successful real-world business intelligence solutions using SQL Server 2005.

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Foundations of SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MIRZA-BAIG More than 1 year ago
It is always a joy reading books from APRESS mostly because the authors are subject matter experts and offer hands-on expertise. The content is helpful and well laid out from ground up for anyone who needs to know about SQL Server 2008 R2 from a BI perspective. The first five chapters lay framework to an understanding of schemas, dimensions and modeling theory. The book offers thorough insight of star, snow flake schemas, Slow Changing (SCD) Dimensions, Rapid Changing (RCD) Dimensions, KPIs, Calculated and Derived Measures. The authors do a good job with listing examples using the AdventureWorks database which is accessible to everyone with ample screen shots to make it a step-by-step guide. The middle section of this book talks in detail about designing and deploying SSIS, SSAS packages to support enterprise ETL processes, types of data transformation techniques along with pros and cons of each storage model. SSIS has been covered in detail spanning three chapters with everything needed to implement it including industry's state of the art logging and security standards. Lastly, the book delves into data mining, reporting (SSRS) services concepts and using MDX/DMX to query cube information that's created based on the principles laid out in earlier chapters and illustrates use of traditional pivot tables and new "Power Pivot" feature within Microsoft Excel 2010 available as a free plug-in and offers tight integration with SQL Server 2008 R2 data mining capabilities. I will highly recommend it to anyone looking to get up and running quickly or exploring BI offering from Microsoft having read most of the "SQL Server Online Books" as it's one of the good "foundation" books available in market I have run into that blends field experience in an easy to digest format.