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Microsoft® SQL Server 2012 Unleashed by Alex T. Silverstein, Chris Gallelli, Paul T. Bertucci, Ray Rankins

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DSS Example One

This Silicon Valley computer company has implemented a traditional data warehouse using a star-schema approach. A star schema provides multiple paths (dimensions) to the central data facts. As you can see in Figure 3.4, a decision support user can get to their Sales Units, Sales Price, and Sales Returns through a Geographic dimension, a Time dimension, and a Product dimension. This allows questions such as “What were net sales like for North America for a particular month for a specific computer product?” SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) packages populate this data warehouse and conformed dimensions on a daily basis with deltas (new data changes only). The data warehouse is unavailable for about 1 hour each night as daily ...

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