Silverlight 4 Business Intelligence Software / Edition 2

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Business intelligence (BI) software allows you to view different components of a business using a single visual platform, which makes comprehending mountains of data easier. BI is everywhere. Applications that include reports, analytics, statistics, and historical and predictive modeling are all examples of business intelligence. Currently, we are in the second generation ofbusiness intelligencesoftware—called BI 2.0—which is focused on writingbusiness intelligencesoftware that is predictive, adaptive, simple, and interactive.

As computers and software have evolved, more data can be presented to end users with increasingly visually rich techniques. Rich Internet application (RIA) technologies such as Microsoft Silverlight can be used to transform traditional user-interfaces filled with boring data into fully interactive analytical applications that quickly deliver insight from large data sets. Furthermore, RIAs now include 3D spatial-design capabilities that move beyond a simple list or grid and allow for interesting layouts of aggregated data. BI 2.0 implemented via an RIA technology can truly bring out the power ofbusiness intelligenceand deliver it to an average user on the Web.

Silverlight 4Business Intelligence Software provides developers, designers, and architects with a solid foundation inbusiness intelligencedesign and architecture concepts for Microsoft Silverlight. This book covers keybusiness intelligencedesign concepts and how they can be applied without an existing BI infrastructure. Author Bart Czernicki provides you with examples of how to build small BI applications that are interactive, highly visual, statistical, predictive—and most importantly—intuitive to the end-user.

Business intelligenceisn’t just for the executive branch of a Fortune 500 company—it is for the masses. LetSilverlight 4Business Intelligence Software show you how to unlock the rich intelligence you already have.

What you’ll learn

  • Design richbusiness intelilgencesolutions for the masses
  • Discover tips for using engagingbusiness intelligencedesigns for application presentation
  • Consumebusiness intelligencedata as a service
  • Understand and create SaaS models inbusiness intelligence
  • Craftbusinessintelligencesolutions using the most advanced Silverlight 4.0 technology through C# 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010
Who this book is for

There are four core audiences for this book:

  • Business intelligence professionals/developers: Cube designers, report writers, SharePoint administrators, and others in this group are looking for a resource to gain additional wisdom on cutting-edge BI concepts. These readers will gain ideas that go beyond the capabilities of the traditional BI tools they are used to.
  • Senior developers or architects: Developers who are familiar with writing traditional software applications and want to broaden their understanding of concepts in order to include BI fall into this category. Some may have never written any BI applications in their careers but are interested in what BI has to offer. These readers will understand the core BI concepts and how to apply them using application techniques.
  • CTOs/BI directors: These are senior managers who make strategic decisions with BI. The technical examples will probably be overly technical for these readers. However, the numerous visual aids within this book will help these strategic managers make better decisions after seeing next-generation BI concepts implemented.
  • BI consultants: These readers may be any combination of the preceding three categories. The BI consultant can use this book as a resource for ideas and examples of next-generation BI designs.
Table of Contents
  1. Business Intelligence 2.0 Defined
  2. Advantages of Applying Business Intelligence 2.0 Using Microsoft Silverlight
  3. Silverlight as a Business Intelligence Client
  4. Adding Interactivity to Business Intelligence Data
  5. Introduction to Data Visualizations
  6. Creating Data Visualizations for Analysis
  7. Enhancing Visual Intelligence in Silverlight
  8. Applying Collective Intelligence
  9. Predictive Analytics (What-If Modeling)
  10. Improving Performance with Concurrent Programming
  11. Integrating with Business Intelligence Systems
  12. Mobile Intelligence
  13. Surfacing Silverlight Business Intelligence in SharePoint
  14. Using the Silverlight PivotViewer
  15. Prototyping Applications with Dynamic Data
  16. Creating a Bullet Graph User Control
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430230601
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 9/9/2010
  • Edition description: 2nd ed. 2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Bart Czernicki has been playing around with computers since 1988 and has spent years as a professional in the information technology field. He currently works as a senior software architect at a software development company.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2010

    A very good book on BI visualisations

    Business Intelligence applications have traditionally been aimed at the big players in the corporate market - with large data warehouses and large development budgets to match. Recent times have seen something of a change with self service BI applications becoming more mainstream and opening up the world of data analytics to a new audience and aimed at users with a different skill set.

    It's this evolving view of business intelligence (BI 2.0) that is addressed in this book, and specifically how Silverlight can be used to create compelling visual representations of data. The book provides an excellent introduction to BI for anyone who's either new to the subject or more familiar with the traditional BI offered by the larger vendors and whilst the subject matter is often very technical, with numerous coding examples in Silverlight, there's still plenty or worthwhile reading for those less interested in the programming side of things.

    For those readers who are particularly interested in developing a Silverlight visualisation of BI (the main target audience) then this book is highly recommended. One of the main challenges facing any analyst or developer in this area is the effective representation of information so as to provide the end user with a clear, effective and accurate view of the underlying data - and this book is particularly strong in this area. I would even go as far as to say that the book is worth reading by analysts/developers who may be considering developing such solutions in competing technologies.

    The book is also bang up to date with the very latest BI technology and covers topics such as mobile, intelligence, Sharepoint integration plus Microsoft's latest Power Pivot and Pivotviewer products.

    If you're looking for a book on developing BI visualisations - get this one.

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  • Posted October 2, 2010


    Silverlight 4 Business Intelligence Software by Bart Czernicki is a very book to own and read. What I especially liked about this book is the amount of detailed information it contains. Topics such has
    . Applying Collective Intelligence
    . Predictive Analytics
    . Applying Forward-Looking Models in Silverlight
    There is a lot of introductory information for a novice developer and a lot of advanced information to be found in the book, so the audience range is wide from my point of view. This book would be good for developers of all skills. The book starts off with an explanation of what BI 2.0 is and its advantages. It then moves on to Silverlight as a business intelligence client and takes off from there. The book is a great learning tool as it is chock full of examples and code. I really enjoyed reading this book it was well thought out and a fairly easy to read. This book is a keeper.

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