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

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Understanding BI from an End User's Perspective

You may be wondering where to start at this point. Your starting point depends on the extent of involvement you and your company have had with BI technologies. Usually you will either be completely new to BI, new to SSAS, new to Microsoft's BI (that is, you are using another vendor's products to support BI). If BI is new to you and your company, a great place to start is with the end user's perspective of a BI solution. To do this, you will use the simplest possible client tool for SSAS—an Excel pivot table. This is a great way to familiarize not only yourself but also other members of your team and your executive sponsors about basic BI concepts. Although using Excel may seem like a strange way ...

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