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Book Review: SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services The BISM Tabular Model

By Jennifer Salvo, 2012/11/12

I will start off by saying, whenever I see the names Marco Russo, Alberto Ferrari and Chris Webb on a SQL Server Analysis Services book….I know it will good.  This book is no exception!  I can say with 100% honesty that this is one of the best technical books I’ve read.

I work with SQL Server 2012 and am eager to learn more about the tabular model.  When I saw this book on Amazon, I bought it immediately and am so grateful that I did.  I have many technical books that sit on shelves collecting dust; this book is definitely not one of them.  After only a few weeks the book is already showing wear from use and I haven’t put it on the shelf yet.  I have read it cover-to-cover and plan to do so again – it is truly that good.

There are so many great aspects to this book I don’t know where to begin.  I can say that it does an excellent job not only covering the basics but also many advanced topics as well. 

A few of my favorite topics/chapters are listed below:

The authors do a great job comparing the Multidimensional and Tabular technologies; They discuss the pros and cons of both models as well as reasons you may choose one over the other.  In addition, the authors often demonstrate multiple ways to solve a given problem and discuss the advantages/disadvantages of each implementation.  They provide excellent overviews of performance analysis and troubleshooting and warn the readers of things to avoid.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of the SQL Server Analysis Services 2012 tabular model.  This book will not disappoint.  It is a worthwhile addition to any Business Intelligence practitioners library.

Some additional resources by the authors:

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