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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (July 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847197221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847197221
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alberto Ferrari

Alberto Ferrari is a consultant and trainer for the BI development area with the Microsoft suite for Business Intelligence. His main interests are in the methodological approaches to BI development and he works as a trainer for software houses that need to design complex BI solutions.He co-authored the "SqlBI Methodology", which can be found on the SqlBI site.

Chris Webb

Chris Webb has been working with Microsoft Business Intelligence tools for almost ten years in a variety of roles and industries. He is an independent consultant and trainer based in the UK, specializing in Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services and the MDX query language. He is the co-author of "MDX Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services 2005 and Hyperion Essbase", is a regular speaker at conferences, and blogs on BI at cwebbbi.spaces.live.com. He is a recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional award for his work in the SQL Server community.

Marco Russo

Marco Russo is a consultant and trainer in software development based in Italy, focusing on development for Microsoft Windows operating systems. He's involved in several Business Intelligence projects, including those of relational and multidimensional warehouse design, with particular experience in sectors like banking and financial services, manufacturing and commercial distribution.

He previously wrote several books about .NET and recently co-authored "Introducing Microsoft LINQ" and "Programming Microsoft LINQ", both published by Microsoft Press. He also wrote "The many-to-many revolution", a mini-book about many-to-many dimension relationships in Analysis Services, and co-authored the "SQLBI Methodology" with Alberto Ferrari. Marco is a founder of SQLBI (sqlbi.com) and his blog is available at sqlblog.com/blogs/marco_russo


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Moreover, it's done in a way that is accessible or very easy to read.
Phil Milner
This was a great little introductory chapter that took the principles of Kimball and Inmon and applied them to Analysis Services.
Brandon Ahmad
This book is a great book for those who already consider themselves novice to experts in SSAS.
Brian Knight

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kevin S. Goff on October 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you work with SSAS - this is a MUST READ. Period.

I give it 5 stars - well written, strong content, and worth far more than the price.

A few comments:

- You will find viewpoints (valuable, credible viewpoints) in this book that you won't find in most SSAS books. That is part of what sets this book apart from other SSAS titles.

- On the word "expert" in the title: Expert books are not common - perhaps they should be considered a rare event. I would classify this as a very strong intermediate title. This is not a criticism in any way - a seasoned SSAS developer should read this book - but I view this more as a strong intermediate-advanced book.

- I'm an SSAS developer/instructor: people often ask me what SSAS books to buy. I instruct them to buy two...this book, and Teo Lachev's SSAS book. Sure, other SSAS books are good....but if you haven't purchased any yet and want to build a library, get this book and Teo's book. They are the Crème de la Crème.

Guys, great job, you have created a masterpiece. Well done.

Kevin S. Goff
Microsoft MVP
Business Intelligence Developer/Author/Instructor
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Ahmad on March 30, 2011
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First, just to explain my position.. I've had the experience of teaching hundreds of students Microsoft official courseware on Business Intelligence. I've also served as lead BI architect during my career for a number of large companies. So, I think that I have a unique perspective on the matter.

Who this book is for:
This book is for the intermediate SSAS developer/practitioner. One should not buy/read this book without having worked with Analysis Services for at least a year and gained knowledge up to an intermediate level. There are 2 books that I would recommend that one read before tackling this one: MDX Step by Step, and SQL Server Analysis Services Step by Step.. Both of those would be requisite knowledge before really understanding this book.

Now, let's review the book:

Chapter 1 & 2: Designing the Data Warehouse for Analysis Services. This was a great little introductory chapter that took the principles of Kimball and Inmon and applied them to Analysis Services. HOWEVER, this is not even close to enough to actually know how to properly design a data warehouse. In my opinion, this was the only introductory chapter in the book -- by that, I mean a chapter that someone with one year of experience would know inside and out as the lessons are fairly common place. I almost stopped reading the book after this chapter because I thought that I had another cube 101 book.

Chapter 3: Designing More Complex Dimensions. Holy cow, this chapter BLEW MY MIND! This is the only published work that I could find anywhere that properly deals with Type 2 slowly changing dimensions and cubes. The grouping and banding section is also wonderful. The parent/child hierarchies section was somewhat controversial.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Phil Milner on August 20, 2009
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This book is truely unique among 'cube' books in that it presents the 'heart of the matter' or essential topics that one uses in actual practice.

I really appreciate its emphasis on modeling and design of the data structures (data warehoue, dimensions, facts) because it's the complexities of designing these structures that allow you to handle the difficult 'real-world' problems. It's not all that difficult to write the 'Cube 101' book but it is very difficult to write the 'Professional Cube'. Moreover, it's done in a way that is accessible or very easy to read. In short, great ideas presented with great communication skills!

Finally, the book is relatively comphrensive in scope. It handles many difficult concepts such as Many-to-Many relationships and Data Mining dimensional relationships. It addresses most of the crucial aspects of Analysis Services cubes without going over 350 pages.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is working in the 'real world' as this book will pay for itself many times over.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brian Knight on September 22, 2009
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This book is a great book for those who already consider themselves novice to experts in SSAS. It's not for a beginner who wants to learn SSAS. This is one of the only books I've felt I had to read cover to cover and wasn't a book to flip through garnering knowledge from every few pages. In this case, I had to re-read some pages to make sure I gathered every statement the authors were stating because it was so good. Great job author team!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tmac on October 21, 2009
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I bought this book based on the good reviews. I wasn't disappointed. It's very concise in how it presents day-to-day usage of SSAS and describes techniques to model data and the desired aggregations. It's worth a second reading and the writing style is very good. It does not fall into the trap of being verbose ad nauseum like many technical books that try to target a wide audience. For anyone looking for another good book on SSAS, I recommend Teo Lachev's "Applied Microsoft Analysis Services 2005 and Microsoft Business Intelligence Platform" which I consider to be better. Some things have changed (ex: member properties are now called attribute relationships), but the depth that Lachev has given to the subject is superior to any other book I've seen, including this one. I have not read any Wrox books on SSAS however.
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