Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services Step by Step

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services Step by Step


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Teach yourself the fundamentals of SQL Server Analysis Services—one step at a time. With this practical, learn-by-doing tutorial, you get the guidance you need to build flexible and powerful solutions that meet the analytical needs of your organization.

Discover how to:

  • Start building cubes using the Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Business Intelligence designers
  • Create dimensions and measure groups to build, browse, and modify OLAP cubes
  • Design objects to handle unique financial analysis requirements
  • Improve query performance with aggregations and user hierarchies
  • Customize cubes with multi-dimensional expressions (MDX) and other advanced design techniques
  • Use actions to integrate Web pages, reporting applications, and drillthrough capabilities with cubes
  • Manage role-based security and restrict data access
  • Deploy and maintain a database in a production environment

CD features

  • All practice exercises and answer files
  • Fully searchable eBook

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735621992
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Publication date: 04/26/2006
Series: Step by Step Developer Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 8.86(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

Reed Jacobson is a senior architect in Hitachi Consulting’s Business Intelligence practice. He has authored several training courses and books, including Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Analysis Services Step by Step.

Hitachi Consulting, a division of Hitachi Ltd., is a global business and IT consulting firm serving Fortune 2000 companies. It is a leader in developing corporate training and custom solutions for Reporting Services

Stacia Misner, MCITP, MCTS, is a consultant and trainer specializing in Microsoft business intelligence solutions. She has more than 20 years of IT experience and has written several books on SQL Server, including Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services Step by Step. Stacia is also one of the first to earn the new SQL Server Analysis Services Maestro certification.

Table of Contents

Finding Your Best Starting Point;
About the Companion CD-ROM;
System Requirements;
Installing and Using the Sample Files;
Conventions and Features in This Book;
Part I: Getting Started with Analysis Services;
Chapter 1: Understanding Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing;
Introducing Business Intelligence;
Reviewing Data Warehousing Concepts;
Chapter 1 Quick Reference;
Chapter 2: Understanding OLAP and Analysis Services;
Understanding OLAP;
Understanding Analysis Services;
Chapter 2 Quick Reference;
Chapter 3: Building Your First Cube;
Exploring Business Intelligence Development Studio;
Preparing to Create a Cube;
Creating a Cube;
Generating a Schema;
Processing and Browsing a Cube;
Chapter 3 Quick Reference;
Part II: Design Fundamentals;
Chapter 4: Designing Dimensions;
Reviewing the Data Warehouse Structure;
Building a Standard Dimension;
Working with a Time Dimension;
Creating a Parent-Child Dimension;
Chapter 4 Quick Reference;
Chapter 5: Designing Measure Groups and Measures;
Adding Measure Groups to a Cube;
Aggregating Semiadditive Measures;
Calculating Distinct Counts;
Creating Simple Calculations;
Chapter 5 Quick Reference;
Chapter 6: Working with a Finance Measure Group;
Designing an Account Dimension;
Designing Nonadditive Financial Measures;
Chapter 6 Quick Reference;
Chapter 7: Designing Aggregations and Hierarchies;
Understanding Aggregation Design;
Designing User Hierarchies;
Optimizing Aggregations;
Chapter 7 Quick Reference;
Part III: Advanced Design;
Chapter 8: Using MDX;
Creating Tuple-Based Calculated Members;
Querying with MDX;
Designing Custom Members;
Working with MDX Scripts;
Developing Key Performance Indicators;
Chapter 8 Quick Reference;
Chapter 9: Exploring Special Features;
Defining Dimension Relationships;
Supporting Currency Conversions;
Localizing Cubes;
Organizing Information with Folders and Perspectives;
Chapter 9 Quick Reference;
Chapter 10: Interacting with Cubes;
Implementing Actions;
Using Writeback;
Chapter 10 Quick Reference;
Part IV: Production Management;
Chapter 11: Implementing Security;
Using Role-Based Security;
Applying Security to a Dimension;
Securing Data at the Cell Level;
Setting Administration Security;
Chapter 11 Quick Reference;
Chapter 12: Managing Partitions and Database Processing;
Managing Very Large Databases;
Working with Storage;
Managing OLAP Processing;
Monitoring Cube Activity;
Chapter 12 Quick Reference;
Chapter 13: Managing Deployment;
Reviewing Deployment Options;
Managing Database Objects Programmatically;
Automating Database Processing;
Planning for Disaster and Recovery;
Chapter 13 Quick Reference;
Appendix : About the Authors;
Contributing Authors;

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