on February 16, 2011
This jaunty wisecracking book gives an introduction to Hyperion OLAP system administration topics. For a Hyperion beginner like me, it's a reasonable touch-all-the-bases initial exposure, but inevitably it's a mile wide and a foot deep -- it's hard to be otherwise because Hyperion involves a lot of connected systems with many features and settings. I discovered several areas that helped me maintain our Hyperion system before going off to real training -- the book introduces the topic then you can investigate more in the Hyperion documentation. I'll keep the book around in case there are still uncharted areas for me to discover. The book shares maybe 10-20% with the non-administrator's guide "Look Smarter than You Are with Hyperion Essbase" which is end-user-focused. My only complaints are the sketchy index and the binding which doesn't allow the book to lie flat.
on January 17, 2012
I have the earlier version of this book. For the novice, this is a good intro, but the silly humor dispersed throughout the book distracts and detracts from the presentation, and the reader has to make an effort to ignore the wisecracks, and spend time to do so. This is characteristic of all their books, don't understand why they felt they needed to do that. If the humor can be removed, the book will be thinner, but the presentation much better. Readers buy such books to learn, not to be entertained by comical high jinks--besides, the humor is just silly. Other authors use humor in these types of computer instruction books also, but they do not go overboard.
"Wizards, wizards, wizards No, this section isn't part of the last Harry Potter installment (although we wish we had their special effects budget)."
"Chapter 8: Create an Application If you only plan on using existing Essbase applications and not building any new ones, you can skip the rest of this book. No, it's not that the remainder of the book is poorly written or that you wouldn't understand it (you're obviously smart since you bought this book), it's just not especially relevant to your daily job. Tear out the remaining pages (save the appendix, though) and give it to your favorite Essbase admin. On second thought, buy him his own copy of this book. If you're still reading, you should thank the Essbase end user who bought you a copy of this book. As a fair bit of warning, the remainder of this book might not be quite as entertaining as the first seven chapters. This is because we know that few Essbase administrators have senses of humor. Just kidding! Lighten up, yeesh. Actually, we're going to shift the format to hopefully give you more of a step-by-step approach to doing your job. It might not be as fun, but boy will it be valuable."
And this silly humor goes on and on, ad infinitum. Why????