- Paperback: 832 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 3 edition (April 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071759387
- ISBN-13: 978-0071759380
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Delivering Business Intelligence with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 3/E 3rd Edition
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About the Author
Brian Larson, MCSD, served as a member of the Reporting Services development team and has contributed to the code base. He is the Chief of Technology for Superior Consulting Services (SCS), a Microsoft Certified Partner currently developing a client solution that uses Microsoft Reporting Services for report production and distribution. Brian has been invited to speak on Reporting Services at several conferences, including SQL Server Magazine Connections, and has written articles for SQL Server Magazine.
Top Customer Reviews
The author does provide a download of all the databases and projects created throughout the book, so if you do not have time to manually type everything in, you can download and configure them. I did the exercises of the things I had not done before, but used the downloads to explore solutions of concepts I already had a pretty good understanding of.
Although this book is packed full of hands on exercises, it is also packed full of accompanying information. The first part of the book provides a great overview and foundation of Business Intelligence.
The second part of the book is where the hands on exercises begin. You dig deep into creating and populating Data Marts using SSIS. The third part of the book digs deep into creating Cubes and Multidimensional Expressions (MDX) scripting.
Part four covers the Tabular BI Semantic Model and the Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) Language. Part five first gives a really nice introduction to data mining, including covering some of the common algorithms used in data mining. It then covers the Microsoft tools available for mining.
The last part of the book covers the client tools available for delivering business intelligence including Reporting Services, Excel PivotTable and PowerPivot, SharePoint PerformancePoint, and Power View.
I have listed the six parts and their chapters below.
Part I: Business Intelligence
Chapter 1.Read more ›
The book is fairly introductory, but moves to advanced topics quickly. You don't need extensive RDBMS experience to dive in, you don't need any programming experience, but if you don't know what a Primary Key and Foreign key are, you may struggle at times...
The only reason I didn't give this five stars is twofold. One is that I purchased the Kindle edition, and the screenshots and figures usually appear about a full page's text after they are referenced. In this time, the topic has usually shifted to something else, another operation, and what might have been a helpful graphic turns into an interruption. Additionally, the images are of such overly compressed and poor quality, you can actually notice the compression in standard view, and text is illegible when the image is enlarged.
The second reason for four stars, and something that may cause many others to also skip over large sections is the extensive coverage of individual windows.Read more ›
I plan to look for a different source that provides deeper explanations of the tools as well as design tradeoffs and architectural considerations.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very Nice book. You can really learn a lot about Business Intelligence.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
So many words... I'm sure the guy will succeed in fiction stories.Published 12 months ago by Andrew's answer
I give this book 5 Stars. It is excellent and well written. The exercises are very well put together coupled with the illustrations and figures. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Patrick
Used this book to pass 70-466. The "Learn By Doing" portions are really helpful. Really liked how it gave the differences between tabular and MOLAP.Published 19 months ago by D. Pruitt