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Mastering SQL Server® 2008 by Gentry Bieker, Michael Lee

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Appendix B

SQL Server Analysis Services Overview

Introduced originally in SQL Server 7.0, the Analysis Services package provides business intelligence capabilities that are tightly integrated with the SQL Server toolset. Storing data is not enough. If you are not using that data to make intelligent business decisions, you are missing a significant potential that SQL Server offers. Unfortunately, many SQL Server professionals are not aware of the power of the Analysis Services package and what it can offer their businesses. Our goal is not to cover the intricate details on data warehousing and Analysis Services. Entire books have been devoted to those subjects. We do, however, want to familiarize you with the tools available so that you can make ...

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