Day 1 of The OLAP Sprint

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  • Simon -- congrats on your first steps towards all things OLAP and SSAS. I find your writings of your journey tantalizing and indeed humorous. (And, I must admit, I'm a tad envious that you have the time available to immerse yourself in this stuff.) As for hotel coffee, dude, please spend the money to get something decent elsewhere.... don't go cheap -- you need to be a "coffee achiever!"

    --pete

  • As someone just now learning SSAS, etc., I'm really looking forward to this series. Nice start! Keep up the good work and writing!

  • Thanks for the support, Pete, I'm glad you're enjoying the blog. I'm indeed lucky to be able to get away for the week and immerse myself in the technology, but the return on investment is usually there. That coffee video was hilarious. Luckily for me, there's plenty of the good stuff here in Seattle!

  • dflbob (11/8/2012)


    As someone just now learning SSAS, etc., I'm really looking forward to this series. Nice start! Keep up the good work and writing!

    Likewise - thanks for your support. Hopefully there's some resources in there to help you with your SSAS journey. I would definitely recommend the Wrox box (Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services with MDX and DAX) as a great place to start.

  • Another good Wrox book that isn't quite as comprehensive or overwhelming as the one that you are using is the "Knight's 24 Hour Business Intelligence Trainer" book by Brian and Devin Knight. I have always enjoyed their books, presentations and webinars as they make BI concepts really easy to understand.

    This book is great for someone just getting into SSAS as it gets a basic cube up and running and then goes all the way out to presenting and slicing data through SSRS and Excel. It also covers data mining, PowerPivot and Performance Point. The focus though is on structuring the data through SSIS loads, fact/dimension concepts and using SSAS. Unfortunately, this book came out after I was already through these concepts. I actually bought it more for the Performance Point and SSRS side. There are now better books out there for these topics as well. However, as a basic, easy to understand overview of all things MS BI, this is a good start.

  • KWymore (11/12/2012)


    Another good Wrox book that isn't quite as comprehensive or overwhelming as the one that you are using is the "Knight's 24 Hour Business Intelligence Trainer" book by Brian and Devin Knight. I have always enjoyed their books, presentations and webinars as they make BI concepts really easy to understand.

    This book is great for someone just getting into SSAS as it gets a basic cube up and running and then goes all the way out to presenting and slicing data through SSRS and Excel. It also covers data mining, PowerPivot and Performance Point. The focus though is on structuring the data through SSIS loads, fact/dimension concepts and using SSAS. Unfortunately, this book came out after I was already through these concepts. I actually bought it more for the Performance Point and SSRS side. There are now better books out there for these topics as well. However, as a basic, easy to understand overview of all things MS BI, this is a good start.

    Thanks very much, KWymore.

    I've had the good fortune of attending a number of Brian and Devin's seminars over the years, and they're great teachers, so I'm not surprised to hear you recommend their book as well. I'll definitely give it a look. Hopefully they'll release an updated version for SQL Server 2012.

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