on February 24, 2008
I cannot recommend this book highly enough! On a topic that regrettably, is otherwise extremely short on practical and accessible information - Practical BI achieves that in a very effective and concise manner, introducing practical BI concepts and terminology then applying them.
John and Roger cover off the Microsoft BI platform quite admirably. The heart of Practical BI is constructing real-world solutions. Each chapter consists of a case study that begins with the customer's business goals, and then guides you through to the solution in a detailed and thorough manner - complete with source code that actually works - fully and completely.
That's the kicker for me - the source code provided along with the book covers the cost of the book - many times over. It is very reassuring to fall back on the solid working source examples, and to pick up from where you have the time and desire to apprentice. It is a pleasure to work through this book - the lessons take, even novices, a long way down the road to mastering Microsoft's BI world.
For my BI Intro Presentation to our Toronto SQL User Group - TSQL.ca, I will be presenting exclusively large sections of this book. The book gets you anxious to roll up your sleeves and get working in BI. The case study examples are very pertinent to the real world. Well done John and Roger!