The new features of Analysis Services 2008 make it even easier to use andbuild your databases for efficient and improved performance. This authoritative book, written by key members of the Analysis Services product team at Microsoft, explains how to best use these enhancements for your business needs. The authors provides you with valuable insight on how to use Analysis Services 2008 effectively to build, process, and deploy top-of-the-line business intelligence applications.
You'll explore everything that Analysis Services 2008 has to offer and examinethe important features of this product with the help of step-by-step instructionson building multi-dimensional databases. Within each chapter, you will not only learn how to use the features, but you'll also discover more about the features at a user level and what happens behind the scenes to make things work. You'll get a look at how features really operate, enabling you to understand how to use them to their full potential. Plus, you'll sharpen your ability to debug problems that you might not have been able to otherwise.
What you will learn from this book
The basic concepts of using Analysis Services and the common operations you need to design your databases
How to create multi-dimensional databases (such as multiple measure groups, business intelligence wizards, key performance indicators, and more)
Methods for extending MDX via external functions
Ways to administer your Analysis Services programmatically and design and optimize your cube for best performance
How data mining along with Microsoft Office 2007 makes it easy to use and effective to perform analysis on data
Who this book is for
This book is for database and data warehouse developers and administrators interested in exploiting the power of business intelligence and leveraging the SQL Server 2008 tool set.
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