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Steve Hughes is a Principal Consultant at Magenic. His area of expertise is in data and business intelligence architecture on the Microsoft SQL Server platform. He was also the data architect for a SaaS company which delivered a transportation management solution for fleets across the United States. Steve has co-authored two books and delivered more than 30 presentations on SQL Server and data architecture over the past six years. He also provides insights from the field on his blog at http://dataonwheels.wordpress.com.

Archives: January 2012

Microsoft Data Appliances Help Simplify MSBI Projects

As some of you know, I am really excited about the data appliances Microsoft and HP have released this year.  I really believe that they make it even easier to get MSBI projects up and running while minimizing the complexity of building out servers. Read more about my thoughts on…

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 27 January 2012

X on XMLA: i. Using XMLA

In my previous blog, I introduced the “X on XMLA” series.  In this blog, I will do more of an introduction to XMLA by discussing how I have used XMLA in my experience with SSAS. What is XMLA? XML for Analysis or XMLA is the API used to interact with…

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 26 January 2012

Introducing “X on XMLA”

XMLA or XML for Analysis is used in SQL Server Analysis Services and other multidimensional data systems to manage the server.  It is a cross between DDL and Server Scripts. I am starting a new blog series on XMLA called “X on XMLA”. I have had to use this scripting…

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 19 January 2012

Why It’s Called a User Group…

On Tuesday night was the first meeting for PASSMN, the SQL Server User Group in Minneapolis/St. Paul this year.  As the new Chair, I came early and got the announcements rolling, the LiveMeeting set up and the SWAG laid out. For this meeting, Joe Webb of WebbTech Solutions was presenting…

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 18 January 2012