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Getting Started with SQL Server 2012 Cube Development by Simon Lidberg

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Creating a flexible reporting solution

What the companies need is a way for the end users to access information in a user-friendly interface, where they can create their own analytical reports. Analytical reporting gives the user the ability to see trends, look at information on an aggregated level, and drill down to the detailed information with a single-click.

In most cases this will involve building a data warehouse of some kind, especially if you are going to reuse the information in several reports. The reason for creating a data warehouse is mainly the ability to combine different sources into one infrastructure once. If you build reports that do the integration and cleaning of the data in the reporting layer, then you will end up doing the ...

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