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Building and Managing the Meta Data Repository

0471355232
July 2000
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Review
"Here is a book which offers you and your company all the guidance you'll need for developing, deploying and managing a data repository in order to gain competitive advantage." (Freelance Informer, 24th November 2000)

Book Description
"This is the first book to tackle the subject of meta data in data warehousing, and the results are spectacular . . . David Marco has written about the subject in a way that is approachable, practical, and immediately useful. Building and Managing the Meta Data Repository: A Full Lifecycle Guide is an excellent resource for any IT professional." -Steve Murchie Group Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

Meta data repositories can provide your company with tremendous value if they are used properly and if you understand what they...


Microsoft Data Warehouse Toolkit: With SQL Server 2005 and the Microsoft Business Intelligence Toolset
Joy Mundy
0471267155
February 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
This groundbreaking book is the first in the Kimball Toolkit series to be product-specific. Microsoft’s BI toolset has undergone significant changes in the SQL Server 2005 development cycle. SQL Server 2005 is the first viable, full-functioned data warehouse and business intelligence platform to be offered at a price that will make data warehousing and business intelligence available to a broad set of organizations. This book is meant to offer practical techniques to guide those organizations through the myriad of challenges to true success as measured by contribution to business value.

Building a data warehousing and business intelligence system is a complex business and engineering effort. While there are significant technical challenges to overcome in successfully deploying a data warehouse, the...



The Data Warehouse Toolkit: The Complete Guide to Dimensional Modeling
Ralph Kimball
0471200247
April 2002
Textbook Paperback
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Review
"...this is the daddy of data warehousing process books. No other material available so concisely and precisely explains what is required from a data warehousing solution...this is a great book..." (Enterprise Server Magazine, July 2002)

Book Description
Single most authoritative guide from the inventor of the technique. Presents unique modeling techniques for e-commerce, and shows strategies for optimizing performance. Companion Web site provides updates on dimensional modeling techniques, links related to sites, and source code where appropriate.

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Data Warehouse ETL Toolkit: Practical Techniques for Extracting, Cleaning, Conforming, and Delivering Data
Ralph Kimball
0764567578
October 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Cowritten by Ralph Kimball, the world's leading data warehousing authority, whose previous books have sold more than 150,000 copies Delivers real-world solutions for the most time- and labor-intensive portion of data warehousing-data staging, or the extract, transform, load (ETL) process Delineates best practices for extracting data from scattered sources, removing redundant and inaccurate data, transforming the remaining data into correctly formatted data structures, and then loading the end product into the data warehouse Offers proven time-saving ETL techniques, comprehensive guidance on building dimensional structures, and crucial advice on ensuring data quality

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The single most authoritative guide on the most difficult phase of...


Building the Data Warehouse
William H. Inmon
0764599445
October 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The new edition of the classic bestseller that launched the data warehousing industry covers new approaches and technologies, many of which have been pioneered by Inmon himself In addition to explaining the fundamentals of data warehouse systems, the book covers new topics such as methods for handling unstructured data in a data warehouse and storing data across multiple storage media Discusses the pros and cons of relational versus multidimensional design and how to measure return on investment in planning data warehouse projects Covers advanced topics, including data monitoring and testing Although the book includes an extra 100 pages worth of valuable content, the price has actually been reduced from $65 to $55

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The new...


The Data Warehouse Lifecycle Toolkit: Expert Methods for Designing, Developing and Deploying Data Warehouses with CD Rom
Ralph Kimball
0471255475
January 1998
Textbook Paperback
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Book Review
In The Data Warehouse Lifecycle Toolkit, authors Ralph Kimball, Laura Reeves, Margy Ross, and Warren Thornthwaite present a structure for undertaking the awesome task of implementing a data warehouse. As part of a rather select group of professionals actually experienced in building data warehouses, the authors attempt to convey their expertise about how to approach the job. The book focuses on the "Star Lifecycle"--a high-level project-planning approach to evolving existing information systems into an ever-changing data-warehouse solution.

Book Description
"A comprehensive, thoughtful, and detailed book that will be of inestimable value to anyone struggling with the complex details of designing, building, and maintaining an enterprise-wide decision support system. Highly...


Mastering Data Warehouse Design: Relational and Dimensional Techniques
Claudia Imhoff
0471324213
August 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
A cutting-edge response to Ralph Kimball's challenge to the data warehouse community that answers some tough questions about the effectiveness of the relational approach to data warehousing Written by one of the best-known exponents of the Bill Inmon approach to data warehousing Addresses head-on the tough issues raised by Kimball and explains how to choose the best modeling technique for solving common data warehouse design problems Weighs the pros and cons of relational vs. dimensional modeling techniques Focuses on tough modeling problems, including creating and maintaining keys and modeling calendars, hierarchies, transactions, and data quality

From the Back Cover
At last, a balanced approach to data warehousing that leverages the techniques...


MDX Solutions: with Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services 2005 and Hyperion Essbase
George Spofford
0471748080
March 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
Serving as both a tutorial and a reference guide to the MDX (Multidimensional Expressions) query language, this book shows data warehouse developers what they need to know to build effective multidimensional data warehouses After a brief overview of the MDX language and a look at how it is used to access data in sophisticated, multidimensional databases and data warehousing, the authors move directly to providing practical examples of MDX in use New material covers changes in the MDX language itself as well as major changes in its implementation with the latest software releases of Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services 2005 and Hyperion Essbase Also covers more advanced techniques, like aggregation, query templates, and MDX optimization, and shows users what they need to know to access and analyze data to...


Mastering the SAP Business Information Warehouse
Kevin McDonald
0471219711
August 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
"This book is insightful and thought-provoking for even the most seasoned SAP BW individual."
-Richard M. Dunning, Chair, American SAP Users Group
Written by the leading experts in the field, this comprehensive guide shows you how to implement the SAP Business Information Warehouse (BW) and create useful applications for business analysis of company-wide data. You'll quickly learn how to design, build, analyze, and administer the data and information in the SAP BW component. The authors present the material in a way that reflects the process an organization goes through during a software implementation. They begin with an introduction to the fundamentals of data warehousing and business intelligence, helping you determine if SAP BW is right for your organization. The book then focuses on the business...


Data Mining Techniques
Michael J. Berry
0471470643
March 2004
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
Packed with more than forty percent new and updated material, this edition shows business managers, marketing analysts, and data mining specialists how to harness fundamental data mining methods and techniques to solve common types of business problems Each chapter covers a new data mining technique, and then shows readers how to apply the technique for improved marketing, sales, and customer support The authors build on their reputation for concise, clear, and practical explanations of complex concepts, making this book the perfect introduction to data mining More advanced chapters cover such topics as how to prepare data for analysis and how to create the necessary infrastructure for data mining Covers core data mining techniques, including decision trees, neural networks, collaborative...


Improving Data Warehouse and Business Information Quality: Methods for Reducing Costs and Increasing Profits
Larry P. English
0471253839
March 1999
Textbook Paperback
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Book Review
The premise of Improving Data Warehouse and Business Information Quality is that the quality of information stored in a database is just as measurable as the quality of the cars that come off an assembly line. Furthermore, database managers can take steps to ensure that their databases collect the best possible information.

This is a dense book, loaded with management jargon, statistical analysis, and complicated flow diagrams. You won't succeed in skimming casually through it, and you will probably get more out of the book if you have some experience with quantitative management techniques.

Regardless, this book makes excellent reading for those taking the holistic approach to database design, in which a good database considers where the information comes from, how it is used, and what results come from that use....


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