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Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 MDX Step by Step by C Ryan Clay Bryan C Smith and Hitachi Consulting

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Chapter 1. Welcome to MDX

After completing this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Explain the role of Analysis Services within the business intelligence landscape

  • Explain the role of MDX within Analysis Services

MDX is the language used to interact with data in Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services cubes. It is a versatile and powerful language but one that requires you to approach data in a whole new way. This is the primary challenge to the successful use of the MDX language, one we assist you in addressing in Part I of this book.

This chapter serves as a relatively gentle introduction to the MDX language and familiarizes you with its role in the Microsoft business intelligence landscape. This chapter also serves as a check for you, the reader, to ...

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