Delivering Business Intelligence with Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Utilize Microsoft's Data Warehousing, Mining & Reporting Tools to Provide Critical Intelligence to A

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0071486887

Date

January 23, 2006

Format

Mixed media product, 776 pages

ISBN

0072260904 / 9780072260908

$

Your Price

52.00



Overview


Main description

Transform disparate enterprise data into actionable business intelligence

Put timely, mission-critical information in the hands of employees across your organization using Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and the comprehensive information in this unique resource. Delivering Business Intelligence with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 shows you, step-by-step, how to author, customize, and distribute information that will give your company the competitive edge. It's all right here--from data mining, warehousing, and scripting techniques to MDX queries, KPI analysis, and the all-new Unified Dimensional Model. Real-world examples, start-to-finish exercises, and downloadable code throughout illustrate all of the integration, analysis, and reporting capabilities of SQL Server 2005.


Table of contents

PART I: Business Intelligence Chapter 1: Equipping the Organization for Effective Decision Making Chapter 2: Making the Most of What You've Got -- Using Business Intelligence Chapter 3: Searching for the Source -- The Source of Business Intelligence Chapter 4: One-Stop Shopping -- The Unified Dimensional Model Chapter 5: First Steps -- Beginning the Development of Business Intelligence PART II: Defining Business Intelligence Structures Chapter 6: Building Foundations -- Creating and Populating Data Marts Chapter 7: Fill 'er up -- Using Integration Services for Populating Data Marts PART III: Analyzing Cube Content Chapter 8: Cubism -- Measures and Dimensions Chapter 9: Bells and Whistles -- Special Features of OLAP Cubes Chapter 10: Writing a New Script -- MDX Scripting Chapter 11: Pulling It Out and Building It Up -- MDX Queries PART IV: Mining Chapter 12: Panning for Gold -- Introduction to Data Mining Chapter 13: Building the Mine -- Working with the Data Mining Model Chapter 14: Spelunking -- Exploration Using Data Mining PART V: Delivering Chapter 15: On Report -- Delivering Business Intelligence with Reporting Services Chapter 16: Let's Get Together -- Integrating OLAP with Your Applications Chapter 17: Another Point of View -- Excel Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts


Author comments

Brian Larson is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, with degrees in Physics and Computer Science. He has 20 years of experience in the computer industry and 16 years of experience as a consultant creating custom database applications. Brian is currently Chief of Technology for Superior Consulting Services in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a Microsoft Consulting Partner for Reporting Services. He is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) and a Microsoft Certified Database Administratior (MCDBA).

Brian served as a member of the Reporting Services development team as a consultant to Microsoft. In that role, he contributed to the original code base of Reporting Services.

Brian has presented seminars and provided training and mentoring on Reporting Services across the country. He is a contributor and columnist for SQL Server magazine and is currently writing the B.I. Powers column appearing on the SQL Server magazine website. In addition to this book, Brian is the author of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services, also from McGraw-Hill/Osborne.


Back cover copy

Transform disparate enterprise data into actionable business intelligence

Put timely, mission-critical information in the hands of employees across your organization using Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and the comprehensive information in this unique resource. Delivering Business Intelligence with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 shows you, step-by-step, how to author, customize, and distribute information that will give your company the competitive edge. It's all right here -- from data mining, warehousing, and scripting techniques to MDX queries, KPI analysis, and the all-new Unified Dimensional Model. Real-world examples, start-to-finish exercises, and downloadable code throughout illustrate all of the integration, analysis, and reporting capabilities of SQL Server 2005.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS FOR DATABASE PROFESSIONALS

  • Understand the goals and benefits of business intelligence
  • Manage Analysis Services databases using BI Development Studio
  • Improve performance and decrease latency using proactive caching
  • Create interactive reports using SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services
  • Enable ad hoc reporting using Report Models and Report Builder
  • Integrate with applications using ADOMD.NET and the Report Viewer Control
  • Design and create relational data marts and OLAP cubes
  • Perform powerful data analysis using MDX queries and scripts
  • Perform complex operations with Integration Services
  • Uncover behavior patterns and proclivities using data mining





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