Monthly Archives: January 2012

Complex reporting off a SSAS cube

While using a cube in SSAS is usually a great source for reporting, it is not always the best choice.  Sometimes it is better to report off of the data warehouse that the cube is built from. For example, say … Continue reading

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SSAS fact table dilemma

Here is a situation I ran into recently concerning using a fact table in SSAS.  This experience may help you out if you run into something similar: A data warehouse has an advertising table that has these four fields: Product Type, Inches, … Continue reading

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Improving cube processing time

As your SSAS cube gets bigger, cube processing time will become a problem.  This is especially true as more and more companies want cube processing during the day instead of the usual off-hours time when no one is using the … Continue reading

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Want to recruit me? Please follow these rules

I get 15-30 calls/emails a week from recruiters (not counting the dozens of auto-generated emails I get).  Being a contractor I’m always trying to build relationships with recruiters so when my contract nears an end, I have plenty of job … Continue reading

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PASS Summit session videos online

If you are interested in viewing the recorded sessions for the PASS Summit 2011, you can order the DVD.  You can purchase the Regular Summit Sessions as well as the Pre-Conference Sessions.  However, if you are interested in the sessions … Continue reading

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SQLInspire NYC 2011 Videos available

There are some FANTASTIC videos of the sessions from SQLInspire New York 2011.  I highly recommend that you check out all the videos, as I found some great career tips in all of them.  As the site says “We’ve lined up … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2012 (“Denali”): SSIS Logging

In previous SSIS versions as the developer you were responsible for configuring all of your logging options, such as what events you were going to log, which containers you were going to collect logs for, and where you were going … Continue reading

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HP DL980…now this is a server!

I have been fortunate the past few months to be working on a HP ProLiant DL980 G7 Server.  This is one killer server: 8 processors, 80 cores, 160 virtual processors, and 2 TB’s of memory.  Oh, and there are two … Continue reading

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Video/Voice conferencing and Microsoft Lync

Since I work mostly from home, video/voice conferencing and IM are of major importance to me, and using the right tools is vital to keeping me productive.  The tools used for conferencing should have IM, presence indicator, voice and video … Continue reading

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Houston Area SQL Server User Group Presentation

Thanks for everyone who attended my presentation “How To Make a LOT More Money as a Consultant” at HASSUG. Here is the PowerPoint presentation: How To Make a LOT More Money as a Consultant How to make a LOT more money … Continue reading

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