Abstract: Analysis Services OLAP cubes provide an incredibly powerful platform for the analysis and reporting of complex data. Unfortunately we often find that our source data is not in the right structure to make the best use of the cube’s power. This limits the cube’s functionality, compromises performance and complicates the reports.
In this session we’ll look at a number of different data scenarios that we encounter and explore ways of remodelling the data within the data warehouse to optimise it for cubes and MDX. We’ll see how adding functionality into the ETL layer and data warehouse can have a dramatic effect on the functionality and simplicity of the cube.
Bio: Alex is the owner and principle consultant at Purple Frog, a SQL Server Business Intelligence consultancy with multinational clients in a variety of sectors from banking to aerospace and telecoms. He specialises in all aspects of dimensional data modelling, data warehousing, ETL and cubes using the SQL Server stack. Alex has an MSc in Business Intelligence, runs the Midlands SQL Server User Group and the Birmingham SQL Relay conferences, and is a regular speaker at many SQL Server events around Europe.
21:00 - Close and down the pub