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Programming Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2008 by Leonard Lobel, Andrew Brust, and Stephen Forte

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Key Performance Indicators

Measures and dimensions define what a cube can show you, giving you insight into, for example, your business’s performance, your site’s Web traffic, or your clinical experiment’s findings. You can run an MDX query and look at a measure’s value over some slice of your cube, and because you’re familiar with its measures and dimensions, you can decide whether the values meet, exceed, or fall short of your goals or your expectations. With the help of key performance indicators (KPIs) in Analysis Services, you can embed those goal criteria in the cube rather than evaluate it in your head or in your application.

KPIs consist simply of a set of MDX expressions, stored on the server, that return numeric values indicating the ...

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