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Pro SQL Server 2012 BI Solutions (Expert's Voice in SQL Server) by [Root, Randal, Mason, Caryn]
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About the Author

Randal Root is a senior consultant specializing in .NET programming, SQL Server BI solutions, and technical education. Although he has worked in the industry as a network administrator, DBA, and programmer since the 1980s, for the last 10 years he has focused on providing technical training for businesses and schools such as Microsoft, the University of Washington, and Bellevue College. Randal has now authored two books, Pro SQL Server 2012 BI Solutions (Apress) and A Tester s Guide to .NET Programming (Apress), and obtained several Microsoft professional certifications including MCSE, MCP+I, MCTS, MCDBA, MCAD, and MCT.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 26088 KB
  • Print Length: 834 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1430234881
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (11 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143023489X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430234890
  • ASIN: B009E8EX5W
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It would be nearly ok for anyone who haven't heard of terms BI and data modeling before. Nothing more than that.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x95146b94) out of 5 stars 25 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x959d260c) out of 5 stars Lot of breadth but not enough depth 15 Mar. 2013
By Jaewoo Kim - Published on Amazon.com
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This book tries to cover everything about SQL 2012 that is not OLTP (and it covers some of OLTP), and that includes SSIS, SSAS, SSRS, MDX, and DW. That is a very wide net this book tries to cover, and it doesn't do a very good job with any of them.

As I was reading this book, I wondered if the authors had a specific goal in mind. What segment of the SQL 2012 admin/developers were they targeting?

The book is not for the beginners, but it is not for the advanced user either. If you want to have real deep understanding of SQL 2012 BI, then this book falls short. If you want to most comprehensive, yet shallow coverage, of SQL 2012 BI features, then this might be a worthwhile buy. But then again, having a shallow understanding of SQL 2012 BI is almost as good as having no understanding.

Pros:
1)Very comprehensive coverage of SQL 2012 BI.
2)Good thought-out examples.

Cons:
1)The printouts of the GUI examples are borderline illegible.
2)Not enough depth on any subject.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95c33034) out of 5 stars Best guide for BI beginner 9 Dec. 2012
By dadaycm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It should be the first book of every BI learner.

Writer presumes that reader have nearly zero-experience on Business Intelligence but have a general understanding of SQL SERVER.

Examples are well selected and organized. Some selected T-SQL samples are valuable too. Life cycle, Big picture and BI planning is very helpful for a beginner to see a big picture!

I bought "Delivering Business Intelligence with MSS 2012" by Brian Larson, which is good reference (especially in concept explaining & Data mining demonstration) but quite more difficult to follow. This book definitely should have been read in advance.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95830dec) out of 5 stars Pro SQL Server 2012 BI Solutions 30 Sept. 2012
By CL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read through Brian Larson's books while taking SSAS and SSRS classes and studied Microsoft 70-448 self training kit (also a good reference) for preparing my MCTS examine, I wish I had read Randal's book first. This book is very easy to follow with lots of good information(tips and tricks only an experienced DBA would know). It is definitely the best BI text book I have seen so far (one book cover BI solution life cycle and includes the whole MS BI stack) and one of the must-have references for BI consultants.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9641cbf4) out of 5 stars Excellent approach for fast, effective learning 23 Dec. 2012
By Ms. Mary R. Sweeney - Published on Amazon.com
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I have worked through the exercises in this book -- I am delighted to report they all work and are straightforward to use! How refreshing! Plus, I like this approach. It's a hands-on cookbook and step-by-step that really facilitates learning. In addition though, it's also accompanied by what I find to be concise explanations of basic concepts in straightforward language. This is an excellent book to accompany data warehousing theory, such as Kimball's Datawarehousing Toolkit, but honestly this is the one that will really show you how it all works.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x955e62a0) out of 5 stars Very helpful book for beginner about MS BI stack 22 April 2014
By Sergey Lunyakin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"This book shows how to build a successful BI solutions step-by-step." this phrase from first chapter the best describe the book content. In general, books about Microsoft BI stack there is information which describe only one BI component in SQL Server, but in this book you will find information about all components, how they work each other and when you must use it. When you read the book you will go through whole way building a complete BI solution and understand capabilities Microsoft SQL Server as platform for BI solutions. I recomend this book for beginner BI specialist or consultant who want to learn capabilities Microsoft SQL Server for build BI solutions.
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