Delivering Business Intelligence with Microsoft SQL Server by Brian Larson

By Brian Larson

Remodel disparate firm facts into actionable enterprise intelligence positioned well timed, mission-critical details within the fingers of staff throughout your company utilizing Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and the great details during this exact source. offering enterprise Intelligence with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 indicates you, step by step, the best way to writer, customise, and distribute info that may supply your organization the aggressive facet. it is all correct here--from facts mining, warehousing, and scripting innovations to MDX queries, KPI research, and the all-new Unified Dimensional version. Real-world examples, start-to-finish workouts, and downloadable code all through illustrate all the integration, research, and reporting features of SQL Server 2005.

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To create our empty Analysis Services project, select Business Intelligence Projects for the project types, select Analysis Services Project for the template, and click OK. Business Intelligence Development Studio Windows Now that we have a solution and a project open, the Business Intelligence Development Studio appears as shown in Figure 5-4. We now have some content in the two windows that are open on the right side of the main window. We can begin by looking at these two windows, and then at several other windows that are not visible by default.

Features of an OLAP System An OLAP system offers many advantages for us as we seek to produce business intelligence. It provides an architecture that is focused on the presentation of information for analysis. This focus makes the OLAP system a natural environment for users looking to use information for effective decision making. Multidimensional Database An OLAP system is built around data that is structured as measures, dimensions, hierarchies, and cubes. This multidimensional approach makes it easy for users to slice and dice information as needed.

The category headings are shown as light gray bands within the properties list. Figure 5-6 shows the properties of the Data Mart data source. These properties are divided into two categories: Location and Object Model. 44 Chapter 5: First Steps—Beginning the Development of Business Intelligence Chapter 5: First Steps—Beginning the Development of Business Intelligence 45 Figure 5-6: The Properties window with categorized properties The middle button on the Properties window toolbar causes the properties to be displayed in one continuous, alphabetical list without any grouping.

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