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Chris Webb

Chris Webb is an independent consultant specialising in Analysis Services, MDX, PowerPivot and DAX. He is a co-author of "SQL Server Analysis Services 2012: The BISM Tabular Model", "Expert Cube Development with SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services", and "MDX Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services 2005 and Hyperion Essbase", and blogs at http://cwebbbi.wordpress.com/ 
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This session will show you how to build aggregations in Analysis Services 2008 that are useful for the queries you're actually running
Learn how the Analysis Services cache works, and how you can pre-load it with data to ensure optimal query performance.
Learn to tune Analysis Services 2008 query performance
This session will introduce the basic concepts of the new multidimensional calculation language, DAX, and show how to implement several common calculations in it
Learn about the most frequently made Analysis Services design mistakes, the problems they cause, and how to fix them or not make them in the first place
This session will introduce the concept of scoped assignments in MDX and show how they can be used to solve various calculation problems.
This session explains what the BI Semantic Model in SQL Server Denali is, how it is related to Analysis Services, and provides a brief introduction to the new Tabular model.
This session will cover advanced security topics in the Analysis Services Multidimensional model.
This session looks at the most significant new functionality to be added to SSAS Multidimensional in recent years: support for the DAX language and Power View.
An in-depth session on advanced Power Query functionality and the M language

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Advanced Options For Loading Data From SQL Server With Power Query 29 Sep 2014
Loading data from SQL Server using Power Query is fairly straightforward, and the basics are well-documented (see here for example). However there are a few advanced options, not all of which are currently shown in the online help although they are in the latest version of the Library Specification ...

Vote James Rowland-Jones For The PASS Board Of Directors 24 Sep 2014
I apologise for two posts in a row on PASS politics, but this will only be a short one and normal service will be resumed soon. If you’re a member of PASS then it’s likely you’ll have received an email allowing you to vote in the PASS Board elections. I’ve just voted for my friend […]

Why I Support The PASS Name Change And Its Efforts To Expand Into The BA Community 22 Sep 2014
Unless you take a close interest in the politics of PASS you may have missed the kerfuffle around it changing its name from the “Professional Association of SQL Server” to just PASS a month or so ago. Blog posts from Andy Warren and R. Brian Kelley seem to sum up a lot of people’s feelings. ...

Handling Data Source Errors In Power Query 18 Sep 2014
Recently I was asked an interesting question by Ondra Plánička in the comments of a blog post: how can you handle errors caused by unavailable or missing data sources in Power Query? Let’s imagine you are loading a csv file like this one into Excel using Power Query: The M query generated by Power ...

Counting Customers Who Have Bought All Selected Products 12 Sep 2014
Market basket analysis is a fairly well understood problem for SSAS – it’s best handled using many-to-many relationships, as shown in the excellent The Many-to-Many Revolution  white paper. However the other week I was asked a question that was an interesting variation on this problem, and ...