Best practices and invaluable advice from world-renowned data warehouse experts In this book, leading data warehouse experts from the Kimball Group share best practices for using the upcoming Business Intelligence release of SQL Server, referred to as SQL Server 2008 R2. In this new edition, the authors explain how SQL Server 2008 R2 provides a collection of powerful new tools that extend the power of its BI toolset to Excel and SharePoint users and they show how to use SQL Server to build a successful data warehouse that supports the business intelligence requirements that are common to most organizations. Covering the complete suite of data warehousing and BI tools that are part of SQL Server 2008 R2, as well as Microsoft Office, the authors walk you through a full project lifecycle, including design, development, deployment and maintenance.
* Features more than 50 percent new and revised material that covers the rich new feature set of the SQL Server 2008 R2 release, as well as the Office 2010 release * Includes brand new content that focuses on PowerPivot for Excel and SharePoint, Master Data Services, and discusses updated capabilities of SQL Server Analysis, Integration, and Reporting Services * Shares detailed case examples that clearly illustrate how to best apply the techniques described in the book * The accompanying Web site contains all code samples as well as the sample database used throughout the case studies The Microsoft Data Warehouse Toolkit, Second Edition provides you with the knowledge of how and when to use BI tools such as Analysis Services and Integration Services to accomplish your most essential data warehousing tasks.
Joy Mundy is a member of the Kimball Group and has been focusing on data warehousing and business intelligence since the early 1990s. Warren Thornthwaite has been building decision support and data warehousing systems since 1980 and is a member of the Kimball Group. Ralph Kimball, PhD, is known worldwide as an innovator, writer, educator, speaker, and consultant in the field of data warehousing. He is the founder of the Kimball Group (www.kimballgroup.com), which provides data warehouse consulting and education.
Foreword xxvii Introduction xxix Part 1 Requirements, Realities, and Architecture 1 Chapter 1 Defining Business Requirements 3 Chapter 2 Designing the Business Process Dimensional Model 29 Chapter 3 The Toolset 79 Chapter 4 System Setup 99 Part 2 Building and Populating the Databases 133 Chapter 5 Creating the Relational Data Warehouse 135 Chapter 6 Master Data Management 165 Chapter 7 Designing and Developing the ETL System 187 Chapter 8 The Core Analysis Services OLAP Database 245 Chapter 9 Design Requirements for Real-Time BI 305 Part 3 Developing the BI Applications 321 Chapter 10 Building BI Applications in Reporting Services 323 Chapter 11 PowerPivot and Excel 375 Chapter 12 The BI Portal and SharePoint 403 Chapter 13 Incorporating Data Mining 429 Part 4 Deploying and Managing the DW/BI System 491 Chapter 14 Designing and Implementing Security 493 Chapter 15 Metadata Plan 523 Chapter 16 Deployment 545 Chapter 17 Operations and Maintenance 583 Chapter 18 Present Imperatives and Future Outlook 613 Conclusion 623 Index 625