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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (16 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847197221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847197221
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marco Russo is a consultant and trainer in software development based in Italy, focusing on development for Microsoft Windows operating systems. He's involved in several Business Intelligence projects, including those of relational and multidimensional warehouse design, with particular experience in sectors like banking and financial services, manufacturing and commercial distribution. He previously wrote several books about .NET and recently co-authored "Introducing Microsoft LINQ" and "Programming Microsoft LINQ", both published by Microsoft Press. He also wrote "The many-to-many revolution", a mini-book about many-to-many dimension relationships in Analysis Services, and co-authored the "SQLBI Methodology" with Alberto Ferrari. Marco is a founder of SQLBI (http://www.sqlbi.com) and his blog is available at http://sqlblog.com/blogs/marco_russo

Alberto Ferrari is a consultant and trainer for the BI development area with the Microsoft suite for Business Intelligence. His main interests are in the methodological approaches to BI development and he works as a trainer for software houses that need to design complex BI solutions. He is a founder, with Marco Russo, of the site www.sqlbi.com, where they publish whitepapers and articles about SQL Server technology. He co-authored the "SqlBI Methodology", which can be found on the SqlBI site.

Chris Webb has been working with Microsoft Business Intelligence tools for almost ten years in a variety of roles and industries. He is an independent consultant and trainer based in the UK, specializing in Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services and the MDX query language. He is the co-author of "MDX Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services 2005 and Hyperion Essbase", is a regular speaker at conferences, and blogs on BI at http://cwebbbi.spaces.live.com. He is a recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional award for his work in the SQL Server community.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Vincent on 23 Nov 2009
Format: Paperback
This SSAS 2008 book is superb. For me it is, by far, the most useful book on SSAS (the second being Irina, Edward & Alexander's SSAS 2008, and the third is Teo Lachev's). I learned a lot from this book. The book is invaluable to me because in the last 2 years I have been doing a lot of cube development and in doing so I have discovered and developed some techniques or methods. And that was exactly what they wrote: their experience in developing cubes, plus their opinions and tips. Chris Webb in SSAS world is an authoritative figure and I consider his SSAS skills to be one of the highest in the world, along the lines of Mosha Pasumansky, Deepak Puri, Edward Melomed and Darren Gosbell. Marco Russo is famous in SSAS world because of his Many-to-Many Revolution, one of the very first things I learned when I started doing cube development. Alberto Ferrari is SSAS expert (I learned from him that materialized ref dim can produce incorrect results, something that I experienced myself) and he's a speaker at Euro PASS 2009. So reading this book is like getting the experiences of 3 SSAS experts. A book which content is derived from books online, i.e. the 'how to do stuff', is not too useful for me, as I can read it in the BOL myself. But a book that contains 3 experts' experience and thoughts, that's invaluable. And that is what this book is. Being a writer myself (I wrote data warehousing book on SQL Server 2 years ago), I can understand why not many experts want to spend their precious time to sit down and write their experiences in a book. Because writing a technical book is tiring and the money is not great. So when an expert does it, grab that book and learn. And this time it's not only one but three!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Morten Lintrup on 12 Aug 2010
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I - almost - completely agree with the comprehensive review by Rainardi. This is a top SSAS book, and the two other top three books are those by Teo Lachev (SSAS 2005) and by Irina, Edward & Alexander (SSAS 2008). To be a little more precise, however, this should only by your "No. 2 SSAS Book". You need one of the others first, depending on which SSAS version you are using. That'll give you a comprehensive overview, and then this book has the potential to make you a full-blown professional. It should not be your first book, though, since the level required is (in many parts) quite sophisticated, and since coverage is incomplete and "biased" by experience of what has the most practical importance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 Jan 2011
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This book is not for absolute beginners but I am amazed page after page to read answers about questions I asked myself without always finding the answer.

This is both deep and practical.
I like the fact that it does not assume SSAS is the best answer to all problems.
For instance, it does mention that SSAS is not that great for chart of accounts compared to some other products, or that you would be better off not relying exclusively on SSAS to solve your currency rates problems.

In my current project, for instance, our developers have problems handling Year To Date calculations (please don't laugh) and the answer to similar date related calculations is so clearly explained in this book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this reading and plan to go back to it regularly for priceless "how to" advice.

You may want to check this article as this is how I learned about this book and it might convince you whether or not it is for you
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