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Smart Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 (Developer Reference) 1st Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
This book would be a good manual if you do not understand some of the key concepts (Dimension vs Measure, Star schema vs Snowflake etc). If you want to actually implement a Snowflake schema, SSIS, and customize the results, the book was lacking. In other words, the book does not focus on the nuts and bolts of SQL 2008 BI. It gives you more of a 5000 ft overview.
It doesn't help that the book has a writing style similar to a college math textbook. You may need to read many paragraphs more than once to obtain the golden nuggets of information. In books such as this, you want writers to be blunt and forthright and not meander using sophisticated prose. The book certainly could be shorter than the 700+ pages.
The writers seem to possess strong technical knowledge of SQL 2008 BI. They have much to offer in terms of key knowledge and concepts. To put it into an analogy, this is like a book that describes how a car battery works but lacks information on how to properly change the car battery.
In some areas it goes into a fair bit of detail, in others it doesn't. The authors push quite heavily on the Data Mining bits.
Overall I felt it is a bit too much 'marketing talk' in favour of Microsoft - could probably have shortened the book by 50 pages if they had left that out.
I work for a small business (currently ~65 employees), and right now our IT Team has three members: 1 system admin, 1 full-time developer, and me (my time is split half and half between software and business management). None of us had any experience with OLAP, SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), or SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) ... although I had sat through a few sessions/workshops over these topics at conferences. Although it is counter-intuitive (especially to someone who is a developer at heart), I have come to believe in the notion that the sooner you start coding the longer it will take. So, I knew I needed to get some more in-depth expertise in these areas before we started the project, which is why I ordered this book.Read more ›
For a beginner BI developer, this is a good book to start with. There is some help on BIDS which will help for a new BIDs user, connecting to source control, design, develop, secure and deploy BI solutions. There is a step by step help to create and manage ETL. The book helps to understand MDX core functions and few extended functions and a little bit about DMX (Data mining). More data mining samples might help a beginner.
Was expecting little bit more on Excel reporting (which is commonly used) and SharePoint reporting (which is more likely a future common reporting tool). Overall, this is a good startup book for beginners not a reference guide for an experienced developer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I receive when i was told, and the book was like new as expected. Although, it seems like it took a long time, but i received it within the time frame.Published on June 8, 2012 by pissoff
I have worked with BI solutions, but not with Microsoft, so I bought the book sure that wont be much trouble. Read morePublished on April 8, 2012 by mictalem
Like many books on Microsoft technologies this book is verbose. The book is 745 pages when it should have been 250 or less. Read morePublished on October 31, 2011 by bhartsb
I've found this book to be really useful to introduce me into the realm of BI and Analysis Services. Read morePublished on June 11, 2011 by Ricci Gian Maria