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Marco Russo

Marco Russo is a consultant and trainer in Business Intelligence and software development, recently certified as SSAS Maestro.

He has particular competence and experience of BI solutions in sectors like financial services (including complex OLAP designs in banking area), manufacturing and commercial distribution.

Marco wrote "The many-to-many revolution" about multidimensional modeling, is one of the authors of the SQLBI Methodology and of the books "Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services: The BISM Tabular Model", "Microsoft PowerPivot for Excel 2010: Give Your Data Meaning", Expert Cube Development with SSAS Multidimensional Models" and "Programming Microsoft LINQ in .NET 4".

He has been a speaker at previously editions of SQLBits, SQLRally Nordic, PASS Summit and Microsoft TechEd.

This dense hour of presentation will cover design techniques to leverage cube features that also consider possible maintenance of the database structure over time.
Introduce the features of BISM (BI Semantic Model), the new engine that will be available in Analysis Services "Denali".
In this session we will introduce the new modeling capabilities of Vertipaq, showing how the same scenarios can be modeled in both Multidimensional (MOLAP) and Tabular (Vertipaq), looking at how to enable your data warehouse to support both.
In this session you will see how to create a BISM Tabular data model from scratch, providing the required metadata in order to improve user experience navigating the data model by using client tools like Excel PivotTable and Power View.
This session will discuss what a modern strategy for data warehousing can be in this era, considering how the use of technologies like PowerPivot or Analysis Services Tabular affect the way you should model your data.
Learn ready-to-use DAX patterns improving development speed of Power Pivot solutions. Good also for SSAS Tabular developers.
Explore Power Query features to import data from existing Corporate BI systems.

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Possible SWITCH Optimization in DAX – #powerpivot #dax #tabular 18 Aug 2014
In one of the Advanced DAX Workshop I taught this year, I had an interesting discussion about how to optimize a SWITCH statement (which could be frequently used checking a slicer, like in the Parameter Table pattern). Let’s start with the problem. What happen when you have such a ...

New training on Power Pivot with recorded video courses 30 Jul 2014
I and Alberto Ferrari started delivering training on Power Pivot in 2010, initially in classrooms and then also online. We also recorded videos for Project Botticelli, where you can find content about Microsoft tools and services for Business Intelligence. In the last months, we produced a recorded ...

DIVIDE vs division operator in #dax 24 Jul 2014
Alberto Ferrari wrote an interesting article about DIVIDE performance in DAX. This new function has been introduced in SQL Server Analysis Services 2012 SP1, so it is available also in Excel 2013 (which still doesn’t have other features/fixes introduced by following Cumulative Updates…). The idea ...

Issues with July 2014 Office Update and Click-to-Run #excel #powerbi 17 Jul 2014
An interesting experience with Office Click-to-Run is that trusting it to install updates the night before a conference where you are a speaker. I’m writing this blog post while Alberto Ferrari is delivering its part of the preconference training day at SQL Bits about how to create a complete ...

Use of RANKX with decimal numbers in DAX #powerpivot #ssas #tabular 16 Jul 2014
Using decimal numbers in Power Pivot and Tabular might produce small rounding differences in certain calculations. This is nothing new when you work with floating point, as many programmer knows. The implementation of RANKX might suffer of a behavior producing wrong results when the measures used ...