Expert Cube Development with SSAS Multidimensional Models
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: February 2014
Pages: 402

In Detail

Microsoft's SQL Server Analysis Services 2012 Multidimensional is an OLAP server that allows end users to analyze large amounts of business data quickly and easily, using a variety of tools including Excel, and to create their own reports without IT involvement. It is part of the Microsoft SQL Server suite of tools and has been used widely on Business Intelligence projects for the last 15 years; it is now the most commonly used OLAP server in the world.

Expert Cube Development with SSAS Multidimensional Models will teach you tips and tricks for cube design from some of the most experienced Analysis Services experts in the world. Topics covered include designing dimensions and cubes, implementing common MDX calculations, security and performance tuning.

The book takes you through the whole lifecycle of Analysis Services cube development, from how data warehouse design affects your cube, through cube and dimension design to performance tuning and monitoring. Some previous experience of Analysis Services is assumed – the focus is on best practices and design patterns.

The book starts off with a discussion of data warehouse design and how it relates to Analysis Services. Following on from that, best practices relating to Analysis Services cube and dimension design are covered, including topics such as optimizing dimension attribute relationships and handling fact tables that contain data at different granularities.

Next, the book looks at using MDX to implement common business calculations, and then moves on to more advanced problems like currency conversion calculations and creating a date tool dimensions.

Finally security, performance tuning, automation of administrative tasks and monitoring usage and performance each get their own chapter and subject such as dynamic security roles, using Profiler to diagnose query performance problems and automating partition creation are also dealt with.

Approach

An easy-to-follow guide full of hands on examples of real-world Analysis Services cube development tasks. Each topic is explained and placed in context, and for the more inquisitive reader, there also more in-depth details of the concepts used.

Who this book is for

If you are an Analysis Services cube designer wishing to learn more advanced topic and best practices for cube design, this book is for you.You are expected to have some prior experience with Analysis Services cube development.

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    5.0

    Perfect book

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      Comments about oreilly Expert Cube Development with SSAS Multidimensional Models:

      First, the authors are not unknown, it is the best experts in their field. Chris Webb, Alberto Ferrari, and Marco Russo are known for their decision-making skills.
      Then, the content of the book is at the height of the quality of these authors: in a Word, perfect. When many books introduce basic information for who want to begin to create a cube, this one goes further: the examples are well chosen and sufficiently complete.
      In a few words, it's the book that anyone must have (like me) to improve the functioning of their multidimensional models.

       
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        Comments about oreilly Expert Cube Development with SSAS Multidimensional Models:

        First, the authors are not unknown, it is the best experts in their field. Chris Webb, Alberto Ferrari, and Marco Russo are known for their decision-making skills.
        Then, the content of the book is at the height of the quality of these authors: in a Word, perfect. When many books introduce basic information for who want to begin to create a cube, this one goes further: the examples are well chosen and sufficiently complete.
        In a few words, it's the book that anyone must have (like me) to improve the functioning of their multidimensional models.

         
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        Great practical read - A must!

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          Comments about oreilly Expert Cube Development with SSAS Multidimensional Models:

          This book is a must read if you are looking for some useful and practical information in your SSAS Multidimensional models. But it must be noted that this is not an introduction into SSAS Multidimensional modelling, rather practical real world examples.
          I found that the book is a wealth of information that can be applied to your working environment. There are a lot of real world examples that I have had a look at and made me check and update my SSAS Multidimensional models so that they can be that much faster and quicker.
          It is also a great reference book, for when you are looking for a specific issue, where you can find the requirement and how to solve your particular issue.
          I also really enjoyed the book, because it got straight into the requirement and then explained how to potentially solve or improve your requirement. Along with this I found that it was great where they applied their working experience in what they encountered and how they overcome an issue.
          It is written by the guys who I consider to be some of the leaders in SSAS Multidimensional modelling. And you can see by the context of the detail in the book, as well as their examples that this happens often in the working environment, and how to get the best performance from your SSAS Multidimensional models.
          A great read and I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a wealth of information as well as some great insight into the inner workings of SSAS Multidimensional models.

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