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Smart Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 by Kevin S. Goff Lynn Langit Davide Mauri, Sahil Malik, and John C. Welch

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Optional Components of a Microsoft BI Solution

In addition to the components that are included with SQL Server 2008, a number of other Microsoft products can be used as part of your BI solution. Most of these products allow you to deliver the reports generated from Analysis Services OLAP cubes and data mining structures in formats customized for different audiences, such as complex reports for business analysts and summary reports for executives.

Here is a partial list of Microsoft products that include integration with Analysis Services OLAP cubes and data mining models:

  • Microsoft Office Excel 2007. Many companies already own Office 2007, so using Excel as a BI client is often attractive for its low cost and relatively low training curve. In addition ...

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