Randal Root, a longtime database administrator who has been teaching at Bellevue College Continuing Education for over a decade, has published a new textbook, Pro SQL Server 2012 BI Solutions, on business intelligence applications for structured query language (SQL). After two years of work with coauthor Caryn Mason, the textbook was published by technical publisher Apress in December of 2012 and is being distributed by Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. According to Randal, this useful book provides students a means to “actually understand from the ground up what the whole process of business intelligence is.”
SQL is most widely used for managing and interfacing with databases. Although other languages similar to SQL are used, SQL’s applications are numerous, and the language’s widespread use makes it difficult to work in the field without it. By working through the database recipes and excercises in Root’s text, the reader comes away with a set of highly informative business reports.
Although SQL’s uses range from generating mailing lists to complex sales metrics, there is a general sense of mystery about the language that Randall says is undeserved. In writing this book, Randall makes a solid effort to dispell the mystery and prepare his audience to make SQL’s business intelligence applications work for them.
While teaching at Bellevue College, Randal familiarized himself with a stack of business intelligence books. “So I’ve learned a lot about what makes a book good or not,” Root explained.
Written for people who are already familiar with SQL as well as those who want to enter the expanding business intelligence field, Pro SQL Server 2012 BI Solutions can help users with even cursory knowledge of these subjects create the business intelligence reports they need regardless of metric or industry.
Randall predicts explosive growth in the industry over the next 5 years as more and more industries begin putting their data to better use. This expanding demand makes now the perfect time to learn how to use SQL to analyze business data from an expert who’s been explaining the process for more than two decades.