Pro SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services

Overview

Every business has reams of business data locked away in databases, business systems, and spreadsheets. While you may be able to build some reports by pulling a few of these repositories together, actually performing any kind of analysis on the data that runs your business can range from problematic to impossible. Pro SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services will show you how to pull that data together and present it for reporting and analysis in a way that makes the data accessible to business users, instead of needing...

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Overview

Every business has reams of business data locked away in databases, business systems, and spreadsheets. While you may be able to build some reports by pulling a few of these repositories together, actually performing any kind of analysis on the data that runs your business can range from problematic to impossible. Pro SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services will show you how to pull that data together and present it for reporting and analysis in a way that makes the data accessible to business users, instead of needing to rely on the IT department every time someone needs a different report.

  • Accessible—With a single author's voice, this book conducts a guided tour through the technology that makes it easy to dive into.
  • Solution–oriented—While technically deep, the goal is to focus on practical application of the technologies instead of acting as a technical manual.
  • Comprehensive—This book covers every aspect of analysis services and ancillary technologies to enable you to make the most of SQL Server.

What you’ll learn

  • Understand the importance ofonline analytical processingand analysis services technologies.
  • Build cubes and dimensions that let you get business value out of large volumes of data.
  • Learn the fundamentals of MDX, the query language for advanced analysis.
  • Apply ancillary aspects of analysis services: KPIs, perspectives, and calculated members.
  • Apply basic data mining concepts—identify answers to questions you weren't even aware you should ask.
  • Learn the various ways to consume analysis services data (reporting services, Excel, and ProClarity).

Who this book is for

Pro SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services is aimed at developers who want to take advantage of SQL Server's built-in business intelligence functionality to mine their data and produce reports that can drive business forward in right and profitable directions. The book is secondarily aimed at database administrators charged with supporting analysis services solutions.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to OLAP
  2. Cubes, Dimensions, and Measures
  3. SQL Server Analysis Services
  4. SSAS Developer and Admin Interfaces
  5. Creating a Data Source View
  6. Creating Dimensions
  7. Building a Cube
  8. Deploying and Processing
  9. MDX219 10: Cube Features
  10. Data Mining
  11. PowerPivot
  12. Administration
  13. User Interfaces
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430219958
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,068,657
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Philo Janus is a senior technology specialist with Microsoft. Over the years, he has presented InfoPath to thousands of users and developers, and assisted with enterprise implementations of InfoPath solutions. With that background, he is particularly sensitive to the difficulties users and developers have had with InfoPath.

He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering in 1989 to face a challenging career in the U.S. Navy. After driving an aircraft carrier around the Pacific Ocean and a guided missile frigate through both the Suez and Panama canals, and serving in the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, a small altercation between his bicycle and an auto indicated a change of career (some would say that landing on his head in that accident would explain many things).

Philo's software development career started with building a training and budgeting application in Access 2.0 in 1995. Since then, he's worked with Oracle, Visual Basic, SQL Server, and .NET building applications for federal agencies, commercial firms, and conglomerates. In 2003, he joined Microsoft as a technology specialist evangelizing Office as a development platform.

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.

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