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  • Paperback: 836 pages
  • Publisher: Springer/Sci-Tech/Trade (Sept. 11 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430234881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430234883
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 4.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #223,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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 Tester's Guide to .NET Programming (Apress), and obtained several Microsoft professional certifications including MCSE, MCP+I, MCTS, MCDBA, MCAD, and MCT.

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By H Y Wu on Dec 5 2014
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Lot of breadth but not enough depth March 15 2013
By Jaewoo Kim - Published on
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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.

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

1)The printouts of the GUI examples are borderline illegible.
2)Not enough depth on any subject.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Best guide for BI beginner Dec 8 2012
By dadaycm - Published on
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.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Pro SQL Server 2012 BI Solutions Sept. 29 2012
By CL - Published on
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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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent approach for fast, effective learning Dec 22 2012
By Ms. Mary R. Sweeney - Published on
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Makes technical reading comfortable April 10 2014
By Dukes Mom - Published on
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One of the hardest things for an individual to do is know where to start from scratch when learning new technologies. The style of writing and sequence of topics in this book present complex concepts in a comfortable to comprehend manner. This book starts with the basics of the breadth of Business Intelligence topics and works through the actual sequence in which you would build a data warehouse.

The book starts with design, loading data (ETL in SQL Server Integration Services), creating a cube in SQL Server Analysis Services, and the presentation layer in SQL Reporting Services. I think the intent of this book is to get you started. From there you can choose the area where you want further depth, and select subsequent resources to take you down the road.

I have read approximately 50 techincal manuals in my life. If I find myself sitting down and actually reading one from cover-to-cover as if I were reading a novel, then I know the information will stay with me, and I will come back and refer to the book often. Don't let this book be one that goes out of print and you were unable to get a copy.