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This is an introduction to Analysis Services focusing on when to use it and how to use it effectively. Dan Bulos covers the three pillars of multidimensional databases: Aggregation Management, Embedded Metadata, and the Calculation Engine.
For analytical applications, performance management, or just about anything with a KPI, Analysis Services is the perfect companion for SQL Server. These are complementary databases that do different things well. Using the right tool for the right job will make development faster and usability easier.
You Will Learn:
• How SSAS aggregation management saves development time and runs faster
• How the embedded metadata (semantic layer) of SSAS creates a more usable application
• The benefits of using MDX as calculation language
• How to make effective use of both the relational & multidimensional SQL Server databases