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Simon Lidberg

Simon Lidberg is a database veteran, who has worked in the Computer industry since the mid nineties. He has had roles as Consultant, Support Engineer, Escalation Engineer, and Technical Presales Specialist. In the past 15 years, he has worked with databases and ERP Systems at companies such as Digital Equipment, Compaq, and Microsoft.

He has been an expert in Microsoft SQL Server since he started to work with Version 6.5 at Microsoft as a Support Engineer. Since 2006, he has worked with the Microsoft Business Intelligence stack that includes Analysis Services.

Since then, he has helped numerous companies to start using Analysis Services as well as have trained hundreds of people on Microsoft BI.

Simon is also a frequent speaker at conferences such as PASS SQLRally and Microsoft TechDays. He currently blogs at

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Fantastic Resource for those starting their journey 19 Jan. 2014
By Wayne - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent resource for those who are starting their SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) journey. This is like a boot camp where you are given the relevant information to begin the journey of SSAS developer and/or administrator.

The book guides you through the complete install of SSAS and covers both multidimensional and tabular modes. I would have like to seen extra pages on the modeling aspect of the 3nf/Star Schema's.

If you want to quickly grasp the fundamentals that give you the foundation to take your skill sets further, then this is one those books to purchase
I like it 11 May 2014
By Dimitri Shvorob - Published on
Format: Paperback
My original review gave the book three stars and complained about it hastily running through SSAS tasks and examples, without stopping to think. Recently, I had another look, and got a more positive impression. One should not demand depth from an introductory book, but one should give points for an accessible, dynamic writing style. "Getting started..." could use more editing - often, the book indulges in "showing off" an intermediate-to-advanced SSAS morsel that looks out of place in the book for beginners, but forgets an essential. Despite the "cubes"of the title, it touches on SSAS Tabular as well, but this is a glance rather than a proper look. If you are starting out with SSAS cubes, I would suggest getting this book and "SQL Server Analysis Services 2012 Cube Development Cookbook" by Dewald et al., and seeing which one suits you best. A second recommendation is "Microsoft SQL Server 2008 MDX Step by Step" by Smith and Clay, which is the best available reference on MDX.
Read this book! 27 Jan. 2014
By Mikael Colliander - Published on
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This is the must have book for those how are starting their journey of cube development using SQL Server Analysis Services as platform. At the very beginning the reader will learn how to prepare and install Analysis server continuing with the basics how to build and query their own cube. In the later chapter’s one will learn more advanced concepts of cube development like aggregations, KPI, advanced calculations, security, and perspectives. Lastly the author will describe how the cube integrates with the full Microsoft BI stack which puts the cube in the larger context, teach the reader how to integrate with the cube using Excel, PowerPivot, PowerView and Sharepoint Services.
All along the book the author leave pointers and links for further more in-depth Reading.

Book for Beginner and Advanced 1 Feb. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Been doing SQL for 20 years. Ugh, 20 years already. Getting old...

Anyway, with most any text, you should be able to learn new items. With this text, however, was able to learn a significant amount of information. Cube development is new to me, well it is new too. The text does a superb job in my opinion on taking you through the process, what it is, and how to use. Truly enjoyed the samples, examples, and detailed code supporting the text.

Finally, for the price, it is a great value for the content received.

Great Read!! 11 Jan. 2014
By Pardeep Dhull - Published on
Format: Paperback
One of the rare books I have seen on BI stack - simplistic and holistic in one book.
Lots of visual's that really helps in relating the data to its processing. Would recommend this not only to BI folks but to OLTP folks too - to understand the behind the scenes processing n concepts.
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