Why Cubes?
           Why Cubes?
Benefits of Using Analysis Services
                g     y
           Speaker: Dan Bulos...
Why Cubes?
         Benefits of Using Analysis Services




Dan Bulos – bulos@symcorp.com


©2010 Symmetry Corporation    ...
Why NOT Cubes?
    I already know SQL

    RDBMSs do everything I need to do

    MDBs are not as mature

    Cubes are ha...
Why Cubes are a Good Idea

Aggregation                                               Semantic
Management                  ...
Aggregation Management
    Aggregation Strategy
     ▪ What aggregates to create
    Aggregation Navigation
     ▪ Query i...
Semantic Layer
    Translation of data into information
     ▪ A layer between the DBA and User
    Familiar terms
     ▪ ...
Calculation Engine
    Clear Formulas
     ▪ Designed for the job
    Faster Calculations
     ▪ Random access to data
   ...
MDX – The Good, Bad, & Ugly
    The Good
    ▪ Best calculation language

    The Bad
    ▪ No enough knowledge in the mar...
Analysis Services
                                         BI Dev Studio
         Mgt Studio                              ...
When NOT to Use Cubes
    Pre-Aggregation Calculations
    ▪ Allocations
    Listing Reports
     ▪ Data Dumps
    Write B...
3rd Party Options




©2010 Symmetry Corporation   http://www.symcorp.com
PowerPivot




©2010 Symmetry Corporation   http://www.symcorp.com
Symmetry – Who We Are
                             Founded in 1986
     Experience              Qualified Consultants: min...
Symmetry & Microsoft

                             “Trusted”
                             “T     d”    “Technology”
      ...
To learn more or attend a meeting:  www.bayareamicrosoftbi.org


    To inquire about sponsorship or speaking opportunitie...
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Microsoft Analysis Services July 2010

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This is an introduction to Analysis Services focusing on when to use it and how to use it effectively. Dan Bulos covers the three pillars of multidimensional databases: Aggregation Management, Embedded Metadata, and the Calculation Engine.

For analytical applications, performance management, or just about anything with a KPI, Analysis Services is the perfect companion for SQL Server. These are complementary databases that do different things well. Using the right tool for the right job will make development faster and usability easier.

You Will Learn:

• How SSAS aggregation management saves development time and runs faster

• How the embedded metadata (semantic layer) of SSAS creates a more usable application

• The benefits of using MDX as calculation language

• How to make effective use of both the relational & multidimensional SQL Server databases

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Microsoft Analysis Services July 2010

  1. 1. Why Cubes? Why Cubes? Benefits of Using Analysis Services g y Speaker: Dan Bulos Symmetry Corporation Symmetry Corporation July 2010 Mark Ginnebaugh, User Group Leader
  2. 2. Why Cubes? Benefits of Using Analysis Services Dan Bulos – bulos@symcorp.com ©2010 Symmetry Corporation http://www.symcorp.com
  3. 3. Why NOT Cubes? I already know SQL RDBMSs do everything I need to do MDBs are not as mature Cubes are hard My SQL skills are translatable to other vendors ©2010 Symmetry Corporation http://www.symcorp.com
  4. 4. Why Cubes are a Good Idea Aggregation Semantic Management Layer Strategy Dimensions Management Hierarchies Maintenance Time Intelligence Navigation KPIs & Metrics Calculation Engine E i Clear Formulas Faster Calculations Business Functions No Correlated Subqueries ©2010 Symmetry Corporation http://www.symcorp.com
  5. 5. Aggregation Management Aggregation Strategy ▪ What aggregates to create Aggregation Navigation ▪ Query independence Aggregation Maintenance gg g ▪ Re-Aggregation following a change in strategy Usage-Based Optimization g p ▪ Logging of queries and aggregates used Fast Aggregations ▪ No joins ©2010 Symmetry Corporation http://www.symcorp.com
  6. 6. Semantic Layer Translation of data into information ▪ A layer between the DBA and User Familiar terms ▪ Schema knowledge not required Understands relationships p ▪ Dimensions, Attributes, Hierarchies Represents the business p p perspective p ▪ Not the data ©2010 Symmetry Corporation http://www.symcorp.com
  7. 7. Calculation Engine Clear Formulas ▪ Designed for the job Faster Calculations ▪ Random access to data Business Functions ▪ Time intelligence (e.g. Lag) No Correlated Subqueries ©2010 Symmetry Corporation http://www.symcorp.com
  8. 8. MDX – The Good, Bad, & Ugly The Good ▪ Best calculation language The Bad ▪ No enough knowledge in the marketplace The Ugly ▪ () {} [Product].[Corporate].[Group].&[14563] ©2010 Symmetry Corporation http://www.symcorp.com
  9. 9. Analysis Services BI Dev Studio Mgt Studio IntelliCube Client Tools BI Wizards Analysis Services PPS Data UDM Mining ADOMD Integration Data Sources Views Services Dimensions KPIs Cubes Measures Excel XML/A Calculation Scripts Actions Data Sources SQL, OLE DB, ODBC, Security Translation Oracle, Reporting Analysis Server Services ©2010 Symmetry Corporation http://www.symcorp.com
  10. 10. When NOT to Use Cubes Pre-Aggregation Calculations ▪ Allocations Listing Reports ▪ Data Dumps Write Back ▪ Budgeting Business Modeling ▪ What-If Scenarios ©2010 Symmetry Corporation http://www.symcorp.com
  11. 11. 3rd Party Options ©2010 Symmetry Corporation http://www.symcorp.com
  12. 12. PowerPivot ©2010 Symmetry Corporation http://www.symcorp.com
  13. 13. Symmetry – Who We Are Founded in 1986 Experience Qualified Consultants: minimum 15 years BI, 10 years MS BI BI is our Specialty Expertise Business Solutions, not Technology Consulting, not Contracting ADAPTTM Design Methodology Engineering PROOF Application Framework Fastest B t POC/D F t t & Best POC/Demo/Prototypes /P t t ©2010 Symmetry Corporation http://www.symcorp.com
  14. 14. Symmetry & Microsoft “Trusted” “T d” “Technology” “T h l ” Licensed technology to SQL Server group Premier Basis of SSABI BI Embedded with PerformancePoint Partner Frequent speaking engagements at dev team for 2 years MS conferences “Teamwork” Teamwork “Teach” Teach ©2010 Symmetry Corporation http://www.symcorp.com
  15. 15. To learn more or attend a meeting:  www.bayareamicrosoftbi.org To inquire about sponsorship or speaking opportunities: Mark Ginnebaugh, User Group Leader mark@designmind.com

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