I work for a bank in a Marketing team. I have to build a data mart for their business and cubes based on that. they use SAS mostly to do their analysis. My plan is to build this kind of environment in sql sever 2000 environment in the begining and move it to sql server 2005 later in time. as there is lot of change from sql 2000 to sql 2005 i would like to allow myself sometime to learn the process of analysis services implementation in sql 2005.
I can build the data mart and the cubes. But i dont know what client tools do normally users use to extract data from the cube. I can't put cube data on webpage as im not a front end developer. I dont think excel is that great in showing different grapical pattens like pie charts, bars etc.
I would like to know in general how the data extracting from cube works in a SAS environment and how to report? how do end users extract the data from cube? please explain me how it works in both sql 2000 and sql 2005 environment