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Data warehousing resources in SQL Server
SQL Server 2000 added some powerful data warehousing features typically found in much more expensive and specialized products. Knowledgeable users given adequate system resources can use data warehousing technology to better understand relationships, see trend information, and slice and dice their data in ways that are very important in making business decisions. If this area is new to you, you may find the resources discussed here to be useful.
There are many resources to be found on Microsoft's Web site. At www.microsoft.com/industry/bi under Data Warehousing is a list of Microsoft's partners in the Alliance (with various links to their sites). SQL Server product information may be found at: www.microsoft.com/sql/productinfo/olap.htm. One company that has a good reputation giving training course in this area is OLAP Training. Their P200 course is reputed to be particularly useful.
There are also many recommended books you may wish to take a look at. Inside Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 by Ron Soukup and Kalen Delaney (Microsoft Press) has several chapters devoted to the topic and is a good general introduction to SQL Server. Microsoft Olap Solutions (with CD), by Erik Thomsen, George Spofford, and Dick Chase (Wiley, John & Sons), and the Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Data Warehousing Online Training Kit (Microsoft Press) offer specific SQL Server advice. More general treatments include: The Data Warehouse Toolkit: Practical Techniques for Building Dimensional Data Warehouses by Ralph Kimball, and Data Warehouse Design Solutions, Christopher Adamson and Michael Venerable.
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