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Pro SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services by Shawn McGehee, Rodney Landrum, Walter J. Voytek III

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CHAPTER 10Delivering BusinessIntelligence with SSRS

Most companies accumulate business data that, if analyzed correctly, could provide insights into what direction the company could take to achieve ultimate success. The aim of BI is to provide data in such a way that it can be immediately utilized to make important decisions. Microsoft's BI platform comprises many services and applications that work together to facilitate the analysis and delivery of critical business data. SQL Server is at the heart of the BI model, providing data storage, data transformation, notification, scheduling, analysis, and now reporting services.

Having the right data available is just the first part of the challenge in building an effective BI system. The second ...

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