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Ken Withee
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6 April 2010 For Dummies
Learn to create an effective business strategy using Microsoft′s BI stack Microsoft Business Intelligence tools are among the most widely used applications for gathering, providing access to, and analyzing data to enable the enterprise to make sound business decisions. The tools include SharePoint Server, the Office Suite, PerformancePoint Server, and SQL Server, among others. With so much jargon and so many technologies involved, Microsoft Business Intelligence For Dummies provides a much–needed step–by–step explanation of what′s involved and how to use this powerful package to improve your business. Microsoft Business Intelligence encompasses a broad collection of tools designed to help business owners and managers direct the enterprise effectively This guide provides an overview of SharePoint, PerformancePoint, the SQL Server suite, Microsoft Office, and the BI development technologies Explains how the various technologies work together to solve functional problems Translates the buzzwords and shows you how to create your business strategy Examines related technologies including data warehousing, data marts, Online Analytical Processing (OLAP), data mining, reporting, dashboards, and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) Simplifies this complex package to get you up and running quickly Microsoft Business Intelligence For Dummies demystifies these essential tools for enterprise managers, business analysts, and others who need to get up to speed.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (6 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470526939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470526934
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 17.1 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 661,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book that beats the buzzwords! At last, understand BI and what it can do for your business Buzzwords, begone! This book looks beyond the jargon at real business problems and common–sense solutions. Data is the lifeblood of your business. Microsoft BI tools help you collect that data; sort, store, and analyze it; find it when you need it; and use it to make decisions. You′ll understand terms like "OLAP cube" and "data mart" — at last! It′s all about the right tools — learn which BI technologies can solve specific issues for your business Realistic expectations — get a clear understanding of what you expect to achieve with BI Meet the parts — see how the SQL Server technologies, presentation technologies, and development/customization technologies work together The right edge — support decision–making by using BI to get the right data to the right person at the right time Storing this stuff — understand how data warehouses and data marts make it easier to manage and retrieve data The tool on your desktop — discover how to use Excel® for data analysis and data mining Making it work — create a logical plan for BI implementation, know what you need and what you don′t, and get stakeholders on board Open the book and find: BI tools that are already hiding in your software How to manage the data life cycle Tips for evaluating and choosing technologies What you can do with Dashboards and Scorecards Nearly a dozen data mining algorithms Ways to display and analyze data Advice on testing and rolling out your BI strategy Keys to making BI successful Learn to: Apply the latest Microsoft technologies and use them together Create an effective strategy to solve business problems Work with the SQL Server product suite Use the new SharePoint Business Intelligence tools

About the Author

Ken Withee is a Microsoft SharePoint and Business Intelligence consultant and a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist. He is certified in SharePoint, SQL Server, and .NET. Among his many published works are a book on SSRS 2008 and a featured article on Self–Serve Business Intelligence in The Architecture Journal .

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4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD 4 May 2013
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1.0 out of 5 stars Microsoft Business Intelligence for Dummies 7 Oct 2012
By A. Gibb
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Do not under any circumstances buy this book. It would be better if you set light to your own money than waste it on this puerile, misinformed drivel.

The book has the opportunity to inform and enlighten as is traditional from the Dummies series - Project Management being a good case in point. From the beginning of the book the BI elements are introduced, repeatedly. There are no examples of any great meaning or merit, no references to other sources such as Ralph Kimball, are provided. Instead a half hearted approach results in explanations of Microsoft's licensing requirements ad nauseum; idiotic comments: "I realised that the machine revolution has long since arrived", followed by "May be they [have] won" p.98; nonsense: " There are many different levels of normalisation that only the truly technically-obsessive care to discover", p.70; and a never ending stream of condescension from referring to his readership as "seekers" , p.104 through to the irrelevant discussion on p. 125 of the difference between binary and denary and finally providing morals on p.362. Towards the final chapters the book has a desperate stab at filling the latter pages with some ill conceived version of software engineering Chapter 14; and pontificates on organisational management in Chapters 15 and 16.

Overall the book does not add any knowledge to what the reader could easily gain from viewing, for free, you tube explanations. The terms used in the book need to be understood before they are employed, there is a difference between pattern and schema, and method is not the same as methodology; the explanations need to be in depth with detail and of interest to the reader with the padding removed. The grammar should have been corrected before going to print.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Add this to your list of "curling up with a good book." 5 Sep 2010
By Jenn Reed - Published on
As someone working on a Microsoft certification, I needed to gain a better understanding of Microsoft's BI technologies without having to wade through tech jargon and geek acronyms. This book was the perfect reference material for me. I love how this book's content is organized. You won't have to flounder trying to catch up. The beginning, middle, and end approach makes the experience equal to curling up with a great book as opposed to "studying" tech reference material. Perhaps the biggest bonus for me was the section on Implementation Plan comparing waterfall and agile methodologies. Actually, scrap that. The biggest bonus for me was the author's sense of humor. I can't wait to use a bunch of funny one-liners I "stole" from the book!

P.S. I started crimping pages I thought were really important and realized I was doing that every other page, so I stopped crimping and decided to just keep the book with me all the time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the latest technologies 1 July 2010
By MikeW - Published on
This book came out in April 2010 and claims to be about the "latest Microsoft technologies".

A mere two months later this wasn't true. The book looks at the 2007 products (came out at the very beginning of 2007) and not the 2010 products. So for instance it looks at PerformancePoint Server which as a product no longer exists having been incorporated into SharePoint Server 2010.

So it's a case of a book being published far too late for most people.

It's particularly cheeky of the Publishers (I don't blame the cover blurb on the author - hence the two stars not one) to make that claim about the latest Microsoft technologies when the Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 products had already been out for six months in beta and were already known to be reaching RTM in the first half of 2010.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Right on the Money 8 Jun 2010
By Reed Disney - Published on
I am highly impressed with the author's ability to connect the technology to the way people need to make decisions. I now feel competent to have an educated dialogue with my consultant. It is well organized, starts at the beginning and I'll keep it around as a reference as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars It helped me to get the basics fast and easy 22 Feb 2013
By Edward Castillo Solera - Published on
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Easy to read, and writen for those that are not experts on BI. I used as complement to a BI trainning lead by an instructor and book helped me well as support material.
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