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Foundations of SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence, Second Edition by Guy Fouché, Lynn Langit

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Adding Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

A KPI is an object that helps cube users to quickly check the status of the most important business metrics. Although you will set up KPIs to return results as numbers, that is, 1 is good, 0 is ok, and –1 is bad, you'll generally display these results as graphics (such as a traffic light graphics with red, yellow, or green selected or different colors or types of arrows). The returned number values aren't as compelling and immediate as the graphics to most end users. SSAS has built-in support to display several types of graphics instead of the numbers. There is also a built-in KPI designer and browser in SSAS. You can use the KPI browser to view the results as the end users will see them (as long as the ...

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