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Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services: The BISM Tabular Model (Developer Reference) 1st Edition

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About the Author

Alberto Ferrari is a Business Intelligence consultant whose two main interests are in a methodological approach to the BI development lifecycle, and performance tuning of ETL and SQL code. His activities are related to designing and implementing solutions based on Integration Services and Analysis Services for the financial, manufacturing and statistical areas. He is also a book author and a speaker in international conferences such as PASS Summit, SQLRally and SQLBits. Alberto holds an SSAS Maestro certification.

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Product Details

  • Series: Developer Reference
  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (July 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735658188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735658189
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kevin S. Goff on July 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you landed on this Amazon web page, it's likely that you had some interest in SSAS 2012 books on the Tabular Model. If that's the case, order this book and I assure you - not only won't be disappointed, you'll be happy you did.

This is an outstanding book. In the past I've seen some books (even decent books) that purport to cover one technology, but wind up covering so many other peripheral topics that the book loses sight of the original goal. This one doesn't - the content focuses precisely on the title: the BISM Tabular Model.

There are many little gems in here: from a small section on Kerberos (that helped me to understand something), to intricacies in DAX formulas, to recommendations on hierarchies, to implementing dynamic security. In addition to many complete chapters on the tabular model, here are some additional great chapters:

- The DAX chapters might even rival entire books on DAX. The authors managed to pack many examples into 2 chapters.

- The authors clearly communicate feature comparisons between the Tabular Model and the multidimensional model, and also which tabular features will work optimally (and which won't) when using the Tabular Model in PowerView.

- The chapter on security is excellent and covers several scenarios.

- The authors have a chapter towards the end on using XMLA to process Tabular Models. While I already knew most of this, I'm so glad to see authors covering this. Guys, thank you, THANK YOU.

- The authors cover advanced relationships, and show some examples of DAX formulas that you'll need to supplement bridge table scenarios.
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If you do Microsoft Business Intelligence beyond simple reporting, this book is a must buy.

The authors clearly explain how the new version of Analysis Services fits in the Microsoft BI family of products.
Now that's a big achievement because that tool (and advanced analysis) are not easily understood.

However Marco, Alberto and Chris are both master communicators and masters of the technology.
In addition, you will begin to understand the world of database/data analysis beyond the relational database.
In our world of big data warehouses, tools beyond the relation database are a must.

Having been a Microsoft Partner Consultant, BI Architect and chairman of a Microsoft BI User's Group, I'm keenly aware of how difficult it is to communicate these advanced concepts--and to turn them into practical solutions.

The return on your time for using this book will be several orders of magnitude, and the sooner you start, the bigger the return.

Heartfelt thanks to the authors for helping all of us in the Microsoft BI World see more clearly and create better solutions!
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After reading quite a few books on Business Intelligence, this is the first one that really made sense. There were certainly many "penny-drop" moments. Although I wouldn't recommend this if you're just starting out, you need a bit of BI and Data Warehousing knowledge before you jump in. My only criticism is that some chapters were very detailed and quite advanced. These parts would have been better off separated in an "advanced" chapter or similar. I've found revisiting the chapters as you find practical applications also heaps with these advanced sections. Also note that the kindle version does not have a table of contents so it is difficult to jump to chapters or find specific parts without bookmarking them.

This is essential reading for any BI/DW developer and anyone learning the DAX language.
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This book is definitely NOT a "Tabular model for dummies" book. The target audience is a professional DBA with some background in business intelligence. If you're a manager or new to business intelligence, you may want to read another book or two on the Microsoft's older and more popular technology called SSAS, such as the book "Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services Step by Step". I'd be remiss if I didn't mentioned SSAS has a very steep learning curve, even for old professionals.
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I will start off by saying, whenever I see the names Marco Russo, Alberto Ferrari and Chris Webb on a SQL Server Analysis Services book....I know it will good. This book is no exception! I can say with 100% honesty that this is one of the best technical books I've read.

I work with SQL Server 2012 and am eager to learn more about the tabular model. When I saw this book on Amazon, I bought it immediately and am so grateful that I did. I have many technical books that sit on shelves collecting dust; this book is definitely not one of them. After only a few weeks the book is already showing wear from use and I haven't put it on the shelf yet. I have read it cover-to-cover and plan to do so again - it is truly that good.

There are so many great aspects to this book I don't know where to begin. I can say that it does an excellent job not only covering the basics but also many advanced topics as well.

A few of my favorite topics/chapters are listed below:
◾The chapters on DAX are especially helpful, they provide an excellent overview of the language including advanced topics that I haven't found in other sources. The book also contains a chapter on DAX time intelligence functions which I found quite useful.
◾The `Building Hierarchies' chapter is excellent as well. It goes beyond the basics, covering more complex scenarios such as parent/child hierarchies and unary operators.
◾The chapter `Data Modeling in Tabular' provides a very thorough overview of common dimensional modeling topics (Type 1 and Type 2 SCDs, degenerate dimensions, junk dimensions and snapshot fact tables) and implementation best practices in the tabular model.
◾`Using Advanced Tabular Relationships' is my favorite chapter.
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