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Foundations of SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence 2007th Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
After I went through this book I realized that this is not a hands-on, tutorial type of book. It's more a comprehensive overview of all the aspects of using SQL Serve 2005 to do BI. This book alone is not sufficient for building up a working knowledge of doing BI using SQL Server 2005. But it's still a good overview. It mentioned a lot of concepts and techniques without going into detail. You need to take those "words" and google for the details when you really need to make them work for you.
I wish I had read this book earlier! I have been reading almost all the SQL Server related BI books and this one stands out as the best yet.
1. It uses the AdventureWorksDW to illustrate the whole process.
2. It covers all aspects of BI using SQL Server 2005
3. Very practical.
From the get-go, it introduced Excel Pivottable and PivotChart to explore Adventure works cube. This is the only book if I remember it correctly to mention and illustrate the use of Pivottable for OLAP.
Everything is explained lucidly. It resolved almost all my confusion about BI using SQL server analysis services.
It shines and far better than any other books out there, partly probably because it's the latest publication on this topic.
I would also highly recommend another book, "Fast Track to MDX" if you want to enjoy working with BI. I don't recommend you to read "MDX solutions" if you are a beginner for MDX. I mistakenly started my journey on MDX from "MDX solutions" and it almost ruined my ambition to work in the BI fields because that book is just making learning MDX a nightmare. On the other hand, "Fast Track to MDX" is a joy to read.
I have gone through only some of the chapters but it has started to make sense. The explanation is very clear and it shows that the writer knows the subject very well. Good arrangement of chapters. Not a boring book. I think after reading this book and going through all the excercises one would have a very good understanding of the subject and how to use to SQL server 2005 BI toolset.
I would say this book puts you above the intermediate level from where you can understand the more complex books. Essential for someone wanting to choose BI as career path. Top work Lynn.
On the other hand, it partly describes installation of the AdventureWorks DW database, as if the reader might have more than one exercise to complete.
I found it exasperating that page after page covers material in a general fashion, without stepping through actual examples.
In summary, don't get this book if you want to learn actual BI developer skills. Wrox books may be a better bet.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is very good introduction to the product if you are new to the MS Sql BI.Published on August 10, 2009 by Ali Saklawi
Lynn definitely knows the material. I have had the occasion to sit in on a couple of live presentations from her on this subject and she truly knows the topic from a real-world... Read morePublished on July 18, 2008 by Don Mason