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

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Understanding the Business Problems That BI Addresses

As you learn more about SSAS capabilities, you can begin to match some of the strengths of the BI toolset available in SQL Server (and companion BI Microsoft products) to current challenges you and your company may be facing when working with your enterprise data. We call these challenges pain points and list some OLAP (or BI) solutions to commonly seen challenges in Table 1–1.

Table 1–1. List of Business Pain Points and OLAP Solutions

Pain Point OLAP Solutions
Slow-to-execute queries Use cubes that are optimized for read-only queries to return query results faster than OLTP systems because of the efficiency of the SSAS engine to aggregate data.
General system slowdowns Greatly ...

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