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

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Online Analytic Processing (OLAP)

The field of Business Intelligence (BI) provides processes, design practices, and technology intended to help you gain insight into your business operations. The main purpose of BI is to solve the "seeing the forest from the trees" problem. As you get bogged down in increasing volumes of detailed data, it becomes very difficult to make decisions that have an impact on an organization. Just as micromanaging your staff will not produce desired results, making business decisions based on massive volumes of detailed data will not allow you to achieve your business goals.

Just as you need to step back from the edge of the trees to understand the entire scope of the forest, you need to reduce the detail without losing ...

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