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  1. #1
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    Unanswered: noob question - how should i begin?

    Hey, guys

    even though this might seem to you a little silly question: there goes:

    What should I learn? I'm going to need solid knowledge about databases and programming related to the Business Inteligence master that I am going to attend to.

    I must say the last thing I have studied was Access, and before that FoxPro.

    Could you help me?

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    So learn SQL Server, and read lots of books by Bill Inmon.
    If it's not practically useful, then it's practically useless.

    blindman
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    You said the key phrase, - Business Intelligence. You can approach it in 2 ways, - either become a real value, or a real waste. To achieve the latter you need to read MS Datawarehouse Toolkit something-something. A long book with lots of "pulling-rabbit-out-of-you-know-what" theories, that have to be re-wired for every business that you're trying to implement those theories for. To become a real value-added resource you just need to understand the business that you're working for, and "how they make money" concept...Sorry for a vague answer, but its really the fundamental question that decides everything else
    "The data in a record depends on the Key to the record, the Whole Key, and
    nothing but the Key, so help me Codd."

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    Thanks

    So, I have been looking for some articles & stuff about DW.

    Also I have heard from friends who studied BI masters that in Romania most of them are quite poorly structured. Some of them even subscribed for german universities.

    I'll stick with the books for now. I must say that in Romania Bill Inmon books are quite a rarity It's amazing how good information it's hard to find in the 21st century.

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    Quote Originally Posted by florinescu
    It's amazing how good information it's hard to find in the 21st century.
    hard to find????

    you guys don't have access to google over there?

    rudy.ca | @rudydotca
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    There aren't a whole lot of books that can be searched using Google.

    When learning someting new, Google is a great tool for finding things, but not so swell for learning. At least I've found that the internet allows everyone to participate, so everyone that has an opinion tends to voice it here on the internet. That makes it a challenge for people to learn, since a beginner on a topic can't tell much difference between you and I and Joe Celko (a real expert who helped define just what SQL is supposed to do).

    When you combine that with the relative rarity and high cost of belonging to a library outside of the US and Canada, learning takes on added cost and complexity.

    -PatP

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdjabarov
    You said the key phrase, - Business Intelligence. You can approach it in 2 ways, - either become a real value, or a real waste.
    Ironically, the second option pays better.
    If it's not practically useful, then it's practically useless.

    blindman
    www.chess.com: "sqlblindman"
    www.LobsterShot.blogspot.com

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