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

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Summary

This chapter covered many advanced OLAP modeling techniques. These methods included using multiple fact tables and various types of dimensions. SSAS has quite a bit of flexibility in its capacity to allow for modeling scenarios that more closely match that of your actual business data. Remember that several of these features require the Enterprise Edition of Analysis Services.

The other important consideration with these techniques is to always use business requirements as a justification for adding the complexity that any of these new capabilities bring to your BI solution. I've seen many BI solutions that were overcomplicated, which made them difficult to maintain, to administer, and most important, to use. Favor simplicity in cube ...

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