Friday, November 28, 2008

Optimizing Dimension Designs (Series Prelude)

As I indicated in my last post, I presented at the PASS Summit 2008 conference on optimizing dimension designs.  This is a prelude to a series of posts I'll be doing over the next several weeks related to that presentation.

First things first.  If you missed my session, you missed a special appearance by Beaker from The Muppets.  As I mentioned during my talk, I used to work at Intellinet, a great consulting firm located in Atlanta.  While there (from 1997 to 2005), I grew and managed the original BI practice there, trying to manage the likes of Douglas McDowell and Erik Veerman (yes, I'm partially responsible for both of them!)  At any rate, at a Christmas party one year, they presented me with a special award -- my very own Beaker statue.  I certainly don't see the resemblance, but everyone got a kick out of it (and I still have that statue!)  So, to lighten up my session, I started things off right by including this Beaker video -- and explained to everyone that I was a lot like Beaker in that video during the conference as I had to completely rebuild my VPC and demos after an external USB drive crashed on me the day before the conference started -- yikes!

At any rate, enjoy the Beaker video if you didn't catch my session.  And if you managed to catch my session, let me know if you thought Beaker stole the show!!

PS.  Congratulations to Douglas McDowell for becoming a new PASS Board member!

Friday, November 21, 2008

PASS Summit 2008 Session on Optimizing Dimension Designs

Well, its been quite some time since I last blogged.  The summer and fall were a pretty busy time, but I guess everyone is busy, so that's no real excuse.  Although I didn't post about it prior to the PASS Summit 2008 conference, I finished up my presentation at the conference today.  As in prior years, I spoke about dimension designs in SSAS.  This year I included information regarding good dimension designs and a few interesting design scenarios that call for "outside the box" thinking.

Over the next several weeks, I'm planning a series of posts containing information from my presentation.  And I'll hopefully include some details that I had to gloss over based on the limited amount of time available during my session (75 minutes goes by pretty quickly!)  If you happened to catch my session, let me know what you thought -- hopefully it was entertaining if nothing else!  And stay tuned over the coming weeks for additional posts related to optimizing dimension designs.

PS.  If I get permission from PASS, I'll post my slide deck here (waiting to hear if that breaks any speaker rules or not...)