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Randal Root , Caryn Mason

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Sept. 11 2012 Expert's Voice in SQL Server
Business intelligence projects do not need to cost multi-millions of dollars or take months or even years to complete! Using rapid application development RAD techniques along with Microsoft SQL Server 2012, this book guides database administrators, SQL programmers, and report specialists in creating practical, cost-effective business intelligence solutions for their companies and departments. /> /> Pro SQL Server 2012 BI Solutions provides practical examples of cost-effective business intelligence projects. Readers will be guided through several complete projects that build a foundation for real-world solutions. Even with limited experience using Microsoft's SQL Server, Integration Server, Analysis Server, and Reporting Server, you can leverage your existing knowledge of SQL programming and database design to provide users with the business intelligence reports they need. /> /> Provides recipes for multiple business intelligence scenarios Progresses from simple to advanced projects using several examples Shows Microsoft SQL Server technology used to complete real-world business intelligence projects What you'll learn How to plan and implement cost-effective business intelligence projects How to create practical data warehouse databases How to extract, transform, and load data with Integration Services How to develop OLAP cubes and dimensions on Analysis Server How to create Reporting Server reports using both SQL and MDX How to apply performance-tuning techniques to get the most from your solutions Who this book is for Pro SQL Server 2012 BI Solutions is aimed at database administrators, SQL programmers, and report developers who create business intelligence solutions for midsized businesses and departments. Table of Contents Business Intelligence Solutions A Big Picture Overview Planning Solutions Designing a Data Warehouse Creating a Data Warehouse ETL Processing with SQL Beginning the ETL Process with SSIS Concluding the ETL Process with SSIS Beginning the SSAS Project Configuring Dimensions with SSAS Creating and Configuring SSAS Cubes Additional Cube and Dimension Configurations Creating Reports with SQL Queries Reporting with MDX Queries Reporting with Microsoft Excel Creating Reports with SSRS Configuring Reports with SSRS Testing and Tuning BI Solutions Approve, Release, and Prepare

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Randal Rootis a senior consultant specializing in .NET programming, SQL Server BI solutions, and technical education. Although he has worked in the industry as a network administrator, DBA, and programmer since the 1980s, for the last 10 years he has focused on providing technical training for businesses and schools such as Microsoft, the University of Washington, and Bellevue College. Randal has now authored two books, Pro SQL Server 2012 BI Solutions (Apress) and A Testers Guide to .NET Programming (Apress), and obtained several Microsoft professional certifications including MCSE, MCP+I, MCTS, MCDBA, MCAD, and MCT.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pro SQL Server 2012 BI Solutions Sept. 29 2012
By CL - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read through Brian Larson's books while taking SSAS and SSRS classes and studied Microsoft 70-448 self training kit (also a good reference) for preparing my MCTS examine, I wish I had read Randal's book first. This book is very easy to follow with lots of good information(tips and tricks only an experienced DBA would know). It is definitely the best BI text book I have seen so far (one book cover BI solution life cycle and includes the whole MS BI stack) and one of the must-have references for BI consultants.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best guide for BI beginner Dec 8 2012
By dadaycm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It should be the first book of every BI learner.

Writer presumes that reader have nearly zero-experience on Business Intelligence but have a general understanding of SQL SERVER.

Examples are well selected and organized. Some selected T-SQL samples are valuable too. Life cycle, Big picture and BI planning is very helpful for a beginner to see a big picture!

I bought "Delivering Business Intelligence with MSS 2012" by Brian Larson, which is good reference (especially in concept explaining & Data mining demonstration) but quite more difficult to follow. This book definitely should have been read in advance.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent approach for fast, effective learning Dec 22 2012
By Ms. Mary R. Sweeney - Published on Amazon.com
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I have worked through the exercises in this book -- I am delighted to report they all work and are straightforward to use! How refreshing! Plus, I like this approach. It's a hands-on cookbook and step-by-step that really facilitates learning. In addition though, it's also accompanied by what I find to be concise explanations of basic concepts in straightforward language. This is an excellent book to accompany data warehousing theory, such as Kimball's Datawarehousing Toolkit, but honestly this is the one that will really show you how it all works.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lot of breadth but not enough depth March 15 2013
By Jaewoo Kim - Published on Amazon.com
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This book tries to cover everything about SQL 2012 that is not OLTP (and it covers some of OLTP), and that includes SSIS, SSAS, SSRS, MDX, and DW. That is a very wide net this book tries to cover, and it doesn't do a very good job with any of them.

As I was reading this book, I wondered if the authors had a specific goal in mind. What segment of the SQL 2012 admin/developers were they targeting?

The book is not for the beginners, but it is not for the advanced user either. If you want to have real deep understanding of SQL 2012 BI, then this book falls short. If you want to most comprehensive, yet shallow coverage, of SQL 2012 BI features, then this might be a worthwhile buy. But then again, having a shallow understanding of SQL 2012 BI is almost as good as having no understanding.

Pros:
1)Very comprehensive coverage of SQL 2012 BI.
2)Good thought-out examples.

Cons:
1)The printouts of the GUI examples are borderline illegible.
2)Not enough depth on any subject.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome BI Book! Jan. 28 2013
By JS - Published on Amazon.com
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Recently I went through a business intelligence program at a local college. As going through the program took a couple of years, it was a challenge to keep all the SQL Server concepts and definitions fresh and at the forefront of my mind. This book is an excellent practice and summary of all the SQL Server BI tools, and effective for interview preparation!

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