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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 (JamesSerra.com) 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.

Top SSAS white papers

These are my favorite SSAS white papers released by Microsoft, with many from SQLCAT.  I’ll keep this post updated with new versions of the white papers as well as new ones that come along that I find useful:

Analysis Services 2008 R2 Performance Guide

SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services Operations Guide

Analysis Services ROLAP for SQL Server Data Warehouses

Analysis Services Distinct Count Optimization Using Solid State Devices

Running Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services on Windows Server 2008 vs. Windows Server 2003 and Memory Preallocation: Lessons Learned

Analysis Services Processing Best Practices

Analysis Services 2005 Processing Architecture

Analysis Services Distinct Count Optimization

Analysis Services Many-to-Many Dimensions: Query Performance Optimization Techniques

SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services (SSAS) Server Properties

SQL Server Best Practices Article: Identifying and Resolving MDX Query Performance Bottlenecks in SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services

Scale-Out Querying for Analysis Services with Read-Only Databases

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services Consolidation Best Practices

Identifying and Resolving MDX Query Performance Bottlenecks in SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services

Analysis Services Query Performance Top 10 Best Practices

OLAP Design Best Practices for Analysis Services 2005

Microsoft EDW Architecture, Guidance and Deployment Best Practices

SQL Server Best Practices Article (Scale-Out Querying with Analysis Services)

Best Practices for Business Intelligence Using the Microsoft Data Warehousing Framework

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services Consolidation Best Practices

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