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As always the holidays seem to be too short, especially after the incident with my ankle that made me lost 2 weeks. This situation made me spent a lot of time reading some books I didn’t expect to read until the end of the year or beginning of 2007. The books I read were related to the new business intelligence features of SQL Server 2005:
In general terms the books were good, although in my opinion the part that talks about creating custom integration services components was too short. I haven’t finished the book about analysis services (I only read the first 9 chapters) and will not do it yet. The books assumes that you have a data warehouse to use as a base for analysis services but it didn’t explain how to build one so I think I’ll have to buy a good book about that. I have been told that The Microsoft Data Warehouse Toolkit does a good job so I’ll be purchasing it as soon as possible.
Something that I’m still thinking is how easily Reporting Services has become a better product than Crystal Reports even the second one has a lot of years in the market.
I’m interested in seeing what comes up when I put everything to work in a real project…
I’ll start to look deeply into Atlas this month so I hope I can find some free time to post some detailed posts about it.