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Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Analysis Services Step by Step by Scott Cameron

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Chapter 1. Business Intelligence: A Data Analysis Foundation

In this chapter, you will learn how to:

  • Understand the purpose and structure of a business intelligence system.

  • Understand multidimensional data analysis concepts.

  • Learn how a data warehouse implements a dimensional data model.

  • Learn how Analysis Services implements a dimensional data model.

Introducing Business Intelligence

Business intelligence (BI) is information that has been derived from the data contained in your organization’s operational systems or external sources. Business intelligence should help you make better decisions faster. Suppose you are the president of a small, new company, Adventure Works Cycles, that manufactures and sells bicycles, bicycle components, clothing, and ...

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