What This Book Is About

This book starts by helping the reader develop an intuitive understanding of the complexity and capabilities of BI as implemented using SQL Server 2008, and then it moves to a more formal understanding of the concepts, architecture, and modeling. Next, it presents a more process-focused discussion of the implementation of BI objects, such as OLAP cubes and data mining structures, using the tools included in SQL Server 2008.

Unlike many other data warehousing books we’ve seen on the market, we’ve attempted to attain an appropriate balance between theory and practical implementation. Another difference between our book and others is that we feel that data mining is a core part of a BI solution. Because of this we’ve interwoven ...

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