SQL Server Analysis Services 2012 Cube Development Cookbook
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: December 2013
Pages: 340

In Detail

Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system. As a database, it is a software product whose primary function is to store and retrieve data as requested by other software applications. SQL Server Analysis Services adds OLAP and data mining capabilities for SQL Server databases. OLAP (online analytical processing) is a technique for analyzing business data for effective business intelligence.

This practical guide teaches you how to build business intelligence solutions using Microsoft’s core product – SQL Server Analysis Services. The book covers the traditional multi-dimensional model which has been around for over a decade as well as the tabular model introduced with SQL Server 2012.

Starting with comparing MultiDimensional and tabular models – discussing the values and limitations of each, you will then cover the essential techniques for building dimensions and cubes. Following on from this, you will be introduced to more advanced topics, such as designing partitions and aggregations, implementing security, and synchronizing databases for solutions serving many users.

The book also covers administrative material, such as database backups, server configuration options, and monitoring and tuning performance. We also provide a primer on MultiDimensional eXpressions (MDX) as well as Data Analysis expressions (DAX) languages.

This book provides you with data cube development techniques, and also the ongoing monitoring and tuning for Analysis Services.

Approach

A practical cookbook packed with recipes to help developers produce data cubes as quickly as possible by following step by step instructions, rather than explaining data mining concepts with SSAS.

Who this book is for

If you are a BI or ETL developer using SQL Server Analysis services to build OLAP cubes, this book is ideal for you. Prior knowledge of relational databases and experience with Excel as well as SQL development is required.

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      4.0

      A Developer friendly book

      By peterindia

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          Comments about oreilly SQL Server Analysis Services 2012 Cube Development Cookbook:

          I got a golden opportunity to read through the book titled as "SQL Server Analysis Services 2012 Cube Development Cookbook". This is well-written book for business intelligence (BI) application developers and system administrators. Especially those who are conversant with the Microsoft product "SQL Server Analysis Services" are to be benefited immensely through this easy-to-grasp book. This book gives step-by-step recipes for developing Analysis Services objects that can be composed to craft composite Analytics services that are more business-aware and attuned. Those passionate readers can quickly learn through a flurry of practical examples on deriving robust and resilient BI solutions for a variety of scenarios using the Analysis Services multidimensional model as well as the Tabular model. The book discusses methods beyond the initial cube design, exploring cube maintenance with partitions and designing effective aggregations, as well as options for synchronizing analytics solutions.
          This book is stuffed with a number of practical techniques and tips and hence is a definite companion for developers, consultants and administrators to go deeper into the fast-enlarging BI space.

           
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          The cookbook that you can use for life

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            Comments about oreilly SQL Server Analysis Services 2012 Cube Development Cookbook:

            A very comprehensive book which covers all the aspects of cube development. A great way to kick start your cube development. Definitely a keeper for life.
            For a person who is completely new to the multi-dimensional world my recommendation is he/she may have prime his/her knowledge a bit.

             
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            Cookbook with best practices

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            Comments about oreilly SQL Server Analysis Services 2012 Cube Development Cookbook:

            This book is not just a step-by-step recipe for developing SSAS project but includes a lot of recommendations of best practices based on years of experience by the authors. I like to understand concepts and not just how to do some process and this book help me.

            Prerequisites: You need to know basic concepts of what is business intelligence

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            Cookbook with best practices

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              Comments about oreilly SQL Server Analysis Services 2012 Cube Development Cookbook:

              This book is not just a step-by-step recipe for developing SSAS project but includes a lot of recommendations of best practices based on years of experience by the authors. I like to understand concepts and not just how to do some process and this book help me.

              Prerequisites: You need to know basic concepts of what is business intelligence

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