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Product Details

  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (February 24, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849689903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849689908
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chris Webb

Chris Webb (chris@crossjoin.co.uk) has been working with Microsoft Business Intelligence tools for 15 years in a variety of roles and industries. He is an independent consultant (www.crossjoin.co.uk) and trainer (www.technitrain.com) based in the UK, specializing in SQL Server Analysis Services, MDX, DAX, Power Pivot, and the whole Power BI stack. He is the co-author of MDX Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services 2005 and SQL Server Analysis Services 2012: The BISM Tabular Model. He is a regular speaker at user groups and conferences, and blogs about Microsoft BI at http://cwebbbi.wordpress.com/.



Alberto Ferrari

Alberto Ferrari (alberto.ferrari@sqlbi.com) is a consultant and trainer who specializes in Business Intelligence with the Microsoft BI stack. He spends half of his time consulting for companies who need to develop complex data warehouses, and the other half in training, book writing, conferences, and meetings. He is a SQL Server MVP and a SSAS-Maestro.

He is a founder, with Marco Russo, of www.sqlbi.com, where they publish whitepapers and articles about SQL Server Analysis Services technology. He co-authored several books on SSAS and PowerPivot



Marco Russo

Marco Russo is a Business Intelligence consultant and mentor. His main activities are related to data warehouse relational and multidimensional design, but he is also involved in the complete development lifecycle of a BI solution. He has particular competence and experience in sectors such as financial services (including complex OLAP designs in the banking area), manufacturing, gambling, and commercial distribution. Marco is also a book author, and in addition to his BI-related publications, he has authored books about .NET programming. He is also a speaker at international conferences such as TechEd, PASS Summit, SQLRally, and SQLBits. He achieved the unique SSAS Maestro certification and is also a Microsoft Certified Trainer with several Microsoft Certified Professional certifications.


More About the Author

Chris Webb is a UK based consultant (http://www.crossjoin.co.uk/) and trainer (http://www.technitrain.com/) specialising in SQL Server Analysis Services, MDX, PowerPivot and DAX. He is the co-author of three books: "MDX Solutions", "Expert Cube Development with SQL Server Analysis Services 2008" and "SQL Server Analysis Services 2012: The BISM Tabular Model", and blogs regularly on Microsoft BI topics at http://cwebbbi.wordpress.com/.

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Most samples are applicable to your SSAS projects directly.
René Berends
It is written by the guys who I consider to be some of the leaders in SSAS Multidimensional modelling.
Gilbert Quevauvilliers
Packt Publishing Packt Publishing is one of my favorite tech book publishers.
Sherry Li

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gilbert Quevauvilliers on March 26, 2014
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sherry Li on June 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Expert Cube Development with SSAS 2012 Multidimensional Models was published earlier this year by Packt Publishing. It’s the second edition of the very successful book on SSAS cube development by three well-known industry leaders, Chris Webb, Alberto Ferrari and Marco Russo.

This book is not a tutorial book on using SSAS as a tool. It is more of a guided tour through the lifecycle of building an Analysis Services solution with an informed commentary telling you what to do, what not to do, and what to look out for.

Reading this book cover to cover

If you are a SSAS cube developer, you would want to read this book cover to cover, no matter what level you are, with the exception of absolute beginners who do not understand basic Analysis Services concepts yet, such as what a cube and a dimension is.

I bought the first edition a few years ago, but didn't read it cover to cover because at the time I didn't find some of the topics relevant to my work. Earlier this year I bought the second edition and I found myself unable to put the book down. By the time I knew it, I had already read it cover to cover once, with pages of notes in Microsoft OneNote. Knowing that my cube development skills could have progressed much faster, I wish I had read the book a few years ago cover to cover.

So don’t repeat the same mistake I made. Whether you already have the first edition or just bought the new 2012 edition, go ahead and start reading it now.

What I enjoyed about the book

I don't wish to spoil your fun with the book, so I'll just gloss over a few key points about the book.

1. Beginner developers might think that cube development is all about how to use SSAS as yet another tool. This book will change your mind.
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By Philippe Geiger on May 25, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
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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By Carolyn Layton on May 4, 2014
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This book is especially useful for beginning SSAS developers. I was looking for more detailed information on the "date tool". It did get me started and ready to understand and download the solution from the web and get it working.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By René Berends on May 17, 2014
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Most useful reference on MDX available. Most samples are applicable to your SSAS projects directly. Clear explanation on theory behind and when and why to use a specific MDX pattern.
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