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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for Cube Developers, 19 May 2014
This review is from: Expert Cube Development with SSAS Multidimensional Models (Paperback)
An excellent theory and practical book with very well explained examples that covers complete cube development. This book is fine tuned from the first edition which i thoroughly enjoyed and gained vast knowledge from. Even though this book is not for beginners, it does provide detailed explanations good enough for beginners to gain an insight on the internals for example data warehousing, dimensional modelling, cube structures and definitions and my favourite, of course, fine tuning techniques.
The best practises advice by the authors is invaluable piece of information by these well know SSAS Maestros. My favourite readings from the books are many-to-many relationships modelling, currency conversion in MDX, calculation dimensions, best cube designing techniques, fine tuning and efficient MDX writing.
Finally, I will conclude by saying this book is is good value for money and it will definitely not disappoint anyone willing to become an expert in cube development and MDX scripting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best SSAS Book, 9 April 2014
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This review is from: Expert Cube Development with SSAS Multidimensional Models (Paperback)
When the first edition came out in 2009 I said that this was the best SSAS book. I still maintain that view in this second edition. Bear in mind that SSAS now has 2 worlds, multidimensional and tabular. This book is the best for the former (for tabular the best book is also written by the same authors). Chris, Marco & Alberto are well known SSAS experts, speakers in many conferences and training classes. They are also SSAS Maestro. This book is technically reviewed by four SSAS experts, ensuring the quality, including John and Sean who are top SSAS and MSBI consultants in London.
It is amazing how the authors managed to explain data warehousing very clearly in detailed in just one chapter. The book is packed with so many important practical things in SSAS development, for example: DSV vs views, grouping and banding, measure groups from dimension tables, DateTool dimension, drillthrough using transaction detail dimension, many-to-many relationship performance issues, currency conversion techniques, common aggregation design issues. These are from their experience, not from books online which we can read ourselves. This book is very valuable because it encapsulates the vast experience of three SSAS Maestros.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for practical implementations of SSAS, 26 Mar 2014
This review is from: Expert Cube Development with SSAS Multidimensional Models (Paperback)
This book is a must read if you are looking for some useful and practical information in your SSAS Multidimensional models. But it must be noted that this is not an introduction into SSAS Multidimensional modelling, rather practical real world examples.
I found that the book is a wealth of information that can be applied to your working environment. There are a lot of real world examples that I have had a look at and made me check and update my SSAS Multidimensional models so that they can be that much faster and quicker.
It is also a great reference book, for when you are looking for a specific issue, where you can find the requirement and how to solve your particular issue.
I also really enjoyed the book, because it got straight into the requirement and then explained how to potentially solve or improve your requirement. Along with this I found that it was great where they applied their working experience in what they encountered and how they overcome an issue.
It is written by the guys who I consider to be some of the leaders in SSAS Multidimensional modelling. And you can see by the context of the detail in the book, as well as their examples that this happens often in the working environment, and how to get the best performance from your SSAS Multidimensional models.
A great read and I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a wealth of information as well as some great insight into the inner workings of SSAS Multidimensional models.
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