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James is a big data and data warehousing technology specialist at Microsoft. He is a thought leader in the use and application of Big Data technologies, including MPP solutions involving hybrid technologies of relational data, Hadoop, and private and public cloud. Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence architect and developer. He is a prior SQL Server MVP with over 30 years of IT experience. James is a popular blogger ( and speaker, having presented at dozens of PASS events including the PASS Business Analytics conference and the PASS Summit. He is the author of the book “Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012”. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

SSMS Add-in for Analysis Services

A nice new little add-in available for SSMS on Codeplex.  It helps with repetitive tasks involved with SSAS such as processing and deployment.  As the site says, the goal for the Analysis Services Helper is to fill in gaps in the toolset inside SSMS, and decrease time spent on administrative or repetitive tasks.

SSMS currently only offers the menu option to do a process full or process default on the cube, while this add-in will let you process multiple dimensions or cubes and set individual processing options with a few clicks, generating the XMLA script.

Hopefully the author will continue to add new features.


Posted by Anonymous on 19 June 2011

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