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Pro SQL Server 2012 BI Solutions by Caryn Mason, Randal Root

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CHAPTER 9

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Beginning the SSAS Project

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.

—Seneca

For more than a decade now, alongside its relational database server, Microsoft has provided a multidimensional database server, also known as a SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) cube. In all of that time, this premier multidimensional SSAS cube server has proven itself to be both a cost-effective and powerful addition to BI solutions around the world.

The purpose of SSAS is to provide high-performance reporting data. Reports created on a multidimensional cube run faster compared to reports built upon a set of relational tables. As usual, ...

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