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Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Step by Step by Mike Hotek

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Business Intelligence

The business intelligence (BI) stack of services is a relative newcomer to the SQL Server party. As the role of IT has exploded within businesses, so have the number and scope of data storage applications. The challenge for every organization is that each line of business application generally has data storage systems designed specifically for an application. While the specificity of the line of business designs allows applications to quickly service specific needs, a problem is created at the organizational level.

You may have customer information spread across dozens or hundreds of databases on various database management system (DBMS) platforms. You also may have supporting sales information stored in a variety of spreadsheets ...

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