Analysis Services Partition Size

Thomas and I updated the SQL Server 2008  Analysis Services Performance Guide principally to address features available in the latest release. But there was one important change related to partition size driven by changes in hardware. The earlier version of the performance guide for SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services Performance Guide stated this:   “In… Read more

SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services Performance Guide now available

Thomas Kejser and I made some significant updates to the SQL Server Analysis Services Performance Guide for SQL Server 2008 – it’s available here. Our hope is to keep it alive and make updates as necessary. So if there is something you’d like to see added or have any comments at all, shoot me a note at…. Read more

Project Gemini – building models and analysing data from Excel

Saw an amazing BI demo this morning at the BI Conference here in Seattle. Donald Farmer showed how over 20M rows of data can be modeled and analyzed in memory. To build a model today, a DBA needs to define dimensions and fact tables, get the relationships right, define calculations, deploy it to a server, build… Read more

IIF Function Query Hints in SQL Server Analysis Services 2008

Thomas Kejser and I are doing some work to produce the SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services Performance Guide. Among a bunch of other things, it discusses the IIF function. But because I recently mentioned MDX query hints in a recent podcast, I wanted to get this out quickly. Some references are a bit hazy (expensive vs… Read more

Querying Dimension Members In Analysis Services

Many Analysis Services applications query members to populate a dropdown or find those that match some criteria – starting or ending with a string, existing with other members, having a member property with a certain value, whatever. For example, say I have a bird hierarchy and I want to find all birds with the expression… Read more