My Annotated Business Intelligence Bibliography

General BI

Successful Business Intelligence: Secrets to Making BI a Killer App
Cindi Howson
My friend Kasper recommended this book to me as a great introduction to BI and he’s right. Cindi Howson is the founder of and if you follow her blog you’ll keep abreast of the major developments in business intelligence from all vendors (not much about Microsoft).


Microsoft PowerPivot for Excel 2010: Give Your Data Meaning
Marco Russo / Alberto Ferrari
A great book for getting up to speed on PowerPivot. This book’s strength are its coverage of the DAX language and how to do effective data modeling. The authors are SQL Server MVPs specializing in BI. They are very knowledgable in that space. They are also authors, along with Chris Webb, of Expert Cube Development with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services.

Microsoft Excel 2013: Building Data Models with PowerPivot
Marco Russo / Alberto Ferrari
Russo and Ferrari’s update to their PowerPivot book for Excel 2013. In Excel 2013 PowerPivot moves from being a separate download to being a component inside of Excel. (I’m currently reading this book and will update this entry once I’ve completed the book.)

PowerPivot for the Data Analyst
Bill Jelen
One of the first Books available on PowerPivot, this one comes at the topic from the Excel point of view. No surprise – Bill Jelen is Mr. Excel. He’s a big fan and prolific author of books about Excel. He’s also a big fan of PowerPivot and his enthusiasm and experience comes through in this book.

DAX Formulas for PowerPivot: The Excel Pro’s Guide to Mastering DAX
Rob Collie
Rob’s a former member of Excel as well as the team that created the first version of PowerPivot. His book focused on showing Excel power users how to effectively use PowerPivot in general and its calculation, DAX, in particular. His blog is also required reading for PowerPivot users/aficionados.

SQL Server Analysis Services

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services – The BISM Tabular Model
Marco Russo / Alberto Ferrari / Chris Webb
The authors of this book were early adopters of the BISM tabular model in a deep way. This book is the result of that deep experience and is required reading for BISM Tabular Model users. The book starts simple but moves on to intermediate and advanced topics as well. Highly recommended.


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