I have been learning SSAS and actually been through 2 books. One question though is how the SSAS actually get used? I have seen it used in Excel, or SSRS by accessing the cubes built in SSAS. Excel approach looks pretty useless to me, you can't give the excel to another people outside the LAN to access the cube. Is there something like SSAS web server that can be accessed from a browser like report manger of SSRS and then you can dynamically drag measures and dimensions to do the analysis like what you do in the cube browser in BIDS.
I know you can build a SSRS report on SSAS cubes so that the report can be accessed by Internet. But SSRS reports have fixed row and column definition so it's not flexible for analysis (not as flexible as what you can do with cube browser in BIDS).
Why SSAS doesn't provide similar thing. I mean it already has the cube browser for preview in BIDS. Is it how SSAS supposed to work (must work with Excel or SSRS)?