The Microsoft Data Warehouse Toolkit: With SQL Server 2008 R2 and the Microsoft Business Intelligence Toolset, Edition 2

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Best practices and invaluable advice from world-renowned datawarehouse experts

In this book, leading data warehouse experts from the KimballGroup share best practices for using the upcoming “BusinessIntelligence release” of SQL Server, referred to as SQLServer 2008 R2. In this new edition, the authors explain howSQL Server 2008 R2 provides a collection of powerful new tools thatextend the power of its BI toolset to Excel and SharePoint usersand they show how to use SQL Server to build a successful datawarehouse that supports the business intelligence requirements thatare common to most organizations. Covering the complete suite ofdata warehousing and BI tools that are part of SQL Server 2008 R2,as well as Microsoft Office, the authors walk you through a fullproject lifecycle, including design, development, deployment andmaintenance.

  • Features more than 50 percent new and revised material thatcovers the rich new feature set of the SQL Server 2008 R2 release,as well as the Office 2010 release
  • Includes brand new content that focuses on PowerPivot for Exceland SharePoint, Master Data Services, and discusses updatedcapabilities of SQL Server Analysis, Integration, and ReportingServices
  • Shares detailed case examples that clearly illustrate how tobest apply the techniques described in the book
  • The accompanying Web site contains all code samples as well asthe sample database used throughout the case studies

The Microsoft Data Warehouse Toolkit, Second Editionprovides you with the knowledge of how and when to use BI toolssuch as Analysis Services and Integration Services to accomplishyour most essential data warehousing tasks.

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About the author

Joy Mundy is a member of the Kimball Group and has beenfocusing on data warehousing and business intelligence since theearly 1990s.

Warren Thornthwaite has been building decision supportand data warehousing systems since 1980 and is a member of theKimball Group.

Ralph Kimball, PhD, is known worldwide as an innovator,writer, educator, speaker, and consultant in the field of datawarehousing. He is the founder of the Kimball Group(, which provides data warehouse consultingand education.

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Feb 25, 2011
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The final edition of the incomparable data warehousing and business intelligence reference, updated and expanded

The Kimball Group Reader, Remastered Collection is the essential reference for data warehouse and business intelligence design, packed with best practices, design tips, and valuable insight from industry pioneer Ralph Kimball and the Kimball Group. This Remastered Collection represents decades of expert advice and mentoring in data warehousing and business intelligence, and is the final work to be published by the Kimball Group. Organized for quick navigation and easy reference, this book contains nearly 20 years of experience on more than 300 topics, all fully up-to-date and expanded with 65 new articles. The discussion covers the complete data warehouse/business intelligence lifecycle, including project planning, requirements gathering, system architecture, dimensional modeling, ETL, and business intelligence analytics, with each group of articles prefaced by original commentaries explaining their role in the overall Kimball Group methodology.

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