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Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Analysis Services Step by Step Paperback – Sep 6 2000


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (Sept. 6 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735609047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735609044
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 3.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,352,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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OLAP Train is a curriculum-development company that specializes in OLAP and related data-warehousing technologies. Microsoft licenses OLAP Train's courseware for Microsoft SQL Server 2000 worldwide as Microsoft Official Curriculum titles.


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By A Customer on Aug. 1 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought the book hoping to get a good start on learning Analysis Services. Chapter one gives a decent overview of terms and definitions for a beginner - but I know there are probably alternate places on the web to find this same information.
Then I reached chapter two and couldn't believe what I saw. It was the same exact tutorial I had just done in SQL Server Analysis Services. Yes, when you install Analysis Services there is a tutorial section in the application. I had only completed the first tutorial section and then went to buy this book.
I can only imagine the rest of the chapters in the book are the remaining tutorials in the application. Even the description on the back of the book almost matches the titles in the application tutorial.
Of course, I won't waste my time checking, but I feel pretty confident the tutorial and the book are pretty identical. Just from flipping through that 2nd chapter I could see they used the same exact screen shots, the same instructions, etc.
I plan to return the book and just go through the remaining tutorials.
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You would probably pay thousands of dollars for the level of training that Jacobson's book on Analysis Services provides.
Even though this is an introductory book, it is aimed squarely at IT and database professionals.
In this well thought out and perfectly executed training guide, Jacobson does three things: a) he reviews in concise fashion the various OLAP and administrative operations provided by Analysis Services, b) more importantly, he explains to you why you would be interested in them, and c) most important, he shows you in exquisite detail how to perform the operations.
I was very impressed by the fact that the hands-on instructions are very clear and that the all the samples worked perfectly.
After you finish Jacobson's book, you come away knowing the basics of OLAP and you will be comfortable performing basic tasks in the Analysis Services product. You will have a very thorough grounding in Analysis Services so that you can probe deeper into the more advanced topics of Analysis Services.
The coverage in this book is broad and so doesn't go into great depth in some areas, such as MDX. However, Jacobson does go into some depth in the administrative areas of Cube optimization and Cube security.
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This Step by Step guide serves as a great starting point for getting familiar with Microsoft's Analysis services. It starts with a quick introduction to data warehousing (without resorting to giving an entire history of the subject, as seems so common today) and how it relates to OLAP and then moves right into the Analysis Servies tools.
The chapters are well written and get you the information you need, without missing any major details. Even if you don't plan to take the "step by step" approach, this book is worth having by your side.
All right... now for the downsides. At best this book is good for beginners. These are some of the areas where I found it came up short:
- Sizing systems that will support Analysis Services. The book talks a bit about how big cubes are, but there is no information about cube performance/cube sizing, etc. Basically, this book won't help you develop a hardware plan for hosting Analysis Services.
- Accessing Analysis Services via the web. All of Microsoft's literature talks about how SQL Server 2000's great support for the web/XML. Strangely, it is very hard to find this information for Analysis Services, and this book doesn't provide any guidance. Right now it seems that the best you can do to find this information is hunt around Microsoft's site.
Overall I still think this is good book. However, if you are going to be building a large Analysis Services system, expect to be looking for other sources to answer all of your questions.
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This book is very basic and should provide a good foundation for those people who are not familiar with SQL 7's OLAP or the newer implementation called 'analysis services'.
It is easy to read, the examples on the cd work perfectly and the tutorials provide a good overview of how to create your own cubes.
It's pretty thin and after reading through the first few chapters I found myself putting it down and just diving into designing my own stuff with microsoft's interface. It's a very logical application and with little or no resource materials people could easily figure this out with the tutorials included with the software.
This is not a good reference book, though I'm at a loss as to what would be a decent reference book on this subject since it's one of those things you either know or you don't.
MDX is VERY thin, and since you can teach the basics to yourself, a reference/primer book on MDX may suit you better.
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I was trying to sum it up for myself. I am in agreement with other reviewers, and borrow some of their words.
This book is very basic, and functions as a complete beginner's introduction.
It is easy to read, the examples on the cd work fine, and the tutorials provide a good overview of how to create your own cubes. Then again, so do the product tutorials.
It's pretty thin and after reading through the first few chapters I found myself putting it down. I already had dealt with the first version of the product, maybe that makes me not a good reviewer. But I don't think it will make a beginner more than a well-informed beginner. If you read it once or twice, you may never read it again.
It is not a good reference book. In fact, it occasionally presents simplifications that are inaccurate.
MDX is VERY thin, and since you can teach the basics to yourself, a reference/primer book on MDX may suit you better.
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