Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (September 16, 2013)
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Who this book is for:The first thing to note about this book is that it would have more appropriately been named something like Mondrian With Pentaho in Action. The Mondrian engine (which is open source) can be used in a stand-alone fashion or with another system, but the book focuses almost entirely (other than chapter 9) on using it with Pentaho (commercial open source-community and enterprise editions). This doesn't mean the book is only useful to users of Pentaho, since the majority of the material on setting up Mondrian, security and the data would be useful without Pentaho.Things the book does well:1. It does a good job of leading readers to the material they will want to read by providing a table (in the "about this book" section) of which chapters would be useful to which type of readers (Business Analysts, Data Architects, Enterprise Architects, Application Developers)2. It contextualizes the material presented by giving some of it in story form3. Lots of specific instructions on how to use Mondrian (code examples, schema examples etc)Things the book does poorly:1. Captions are embedded inline rather than being next to their associated figure. This may simply be because I was reading in on my iPad rather than as a hardcopy. Example: on page 9 there are descriptions of Figures 1.5, 1.6 and 1.7. Figure 1.5 is on page 9 while Figures 1.6 and 1.7 are on page 10.2. Some terms are used before they are defined and explained. Example: on page 27 the term "cube" is used, but it isn't explained until page 61.3. The book was written by an employee of Pentaho and focuses on the Pentaho analytics platforms.
As a java developer and having had some previous experience of the Pentaho BI Suite, I found this book, on the whole, interesting and relevant. The book attempts to provide salient information for all of the IT roles that deal directly with data and IMO I think it does a great job. It's really good at last to find a resource with so much information.I think that the key chapters to get up and running are chapters 1, 2, 3 in conjunction with the Appendices. Chapters 4, 5, 7 give you in depth detail to get more from this tool. Chapters 6 you process as you need to! Chapters 9, 10 & 11 are the real revelation. There is much to learn.The style of being in a fictional company which changes its requirements over time is very practical. I also liked the use of What If scenarios towards the end of the book. There is much detail to absorb. There is also a really comprehensive list of very good references in the Appendices.The subject has definitely raised my awareness for where this type of reporting could be used and I've found a few areas where I'd like to take this further.For anyone who uses Mondrian already or wants to start using Mondrian or just needs to know about Mondrian, this is the reference book to have.Chapter 1. Beyond reporting: business analyticsThis chapter goes into the basics of analytical reporting. Explains on how Mondrian fits in and its use with Pentaho. We get an intro to OLAP databases and Mondrian's compatibility with many databases.Chapter 2. Mondrian: a first lookThis chapter gives an intro to MDX & Saiku which I'd never heard of. Goes into creating reports and defining Cubes & Measures.
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