To the Cloud…and Beyond!

After all the years of working on enterprise Analysis Services implementations, there were definitely some raised eyebrows when I had started running around with my MacBook Air on the merits of Hadoop – and Hadoop in the Cloud for that matter. It got a little worse when I was hinting at the shift to Big…

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Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services Multidimensional Performance and Operations Guide

A while back, Thomas Kejser (@thomaskejser | http://blog.kejser.org/) and I had written a couple cool guides on Analysis Services Multidimensional: SQL Server 2008R2 Analysis Services Operations Guide Analysis Services 2008 R2 Performance Guide To make it easier to consume, Technet has created a new series of E-books which can be found in the E-Book Gallery…

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SQL BI at Hadoop Summit = Awesomesauce!

For the 2012 Hadoop Summit, I will have the honor to co-present with Dave Mariani (@dmariani) from Klout in our session How Klout is changing the landscape of social media with Hadoop and BI. Our session is currently scheduled for June 13th at 3:35pm but it is subject to change.  Check out our session and…

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At a Crossroads … from SSAS to BigData!

“There must be some way out of here, said the joker to the thief / There’s too much confusion, I can’t get no relief” – Bob Dylan’s ‘All Along the Watchtower’ . For those not familiar with Battlestar Galactica – this is from Crossroads, Part 2 with Bear McCreary’s (@bearmccreary) amazing version of All Along…

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Announcing SSAS Maestros v1.2

In homage to the maestro, the Battlestar Galactica image links to Bear McCreary’s All Along The Watch Tower. Note, This is a re-post of Announcing SSAS Maestros v1.2 on the SQLCAT blog. — We are proud to announce that SQLCAT will continue with the SSAS Maestros course in June and July in Redmond and Madrid.…

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Why the obsession with random I/O within the context of SSAS?

As many of you know from the various blogs, whitepapers, and conferences from SQLCAT, there is a big obsession or compulsion toward I/O by various members of SQLCAT.  If you’re not already familiar with this topic, definitely reference Mike Ruthruff’s whitepaper Predeployment I/O Best Practices. But as could be seen from the SSAS Maestros session…

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