Chapter 3. SQL Server Analysis Services

Now that you have a fundamental understanding of OLAP and multidimensional analysis, let's start to dig into the reason you bought this book: to find out how these OLAP technologies are implemented in SQL Server, specifically SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS). SSAS really came into its own in SQL Server 2005, which was a massive overhaul of the entire data platform from SQL Server 2000. SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services is more evolutionary than revolutionary, but still has significant improvements and additions from the 2005 edition.

I wrote this chapter from the perspective of SSAS in the 2008 version (formerly code-named Katmai). If you're familiar with the 2005 version of SQL Server Analysis Services ...

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