Alberto started working with SQL Server in 2000 and immediately focused his interest in the Business Intelligence area. He and Marco Russo created www.sqlbi.com, the website where they publish their thoughts and topics about BI. He published several books about SSAS Tabular, Multidimensional and Power Pivot. He is a Microsoft MVP and he achieved the SSAS Maestro title, the highest level of certification on Microsoft SSAS technology. Today, his main activities are in the delivery of DAX, and SSAS Tabular workshops all around the world, consulting on large and complex data warehouses, to provide assessments and validation of project analysis or to perform specific problem-solving activities. He is a well-known speaker at many international conferences, like SQL PASS, SQL Bits, Teched and he loves to be on the stage both at large events and at smaller user groups meetings, exchanging ideas with other SQL and BI fans. When traveling for work, he likes to engage with local user group to provide evening sessions about his favorite topics. Thus, you can easily meet him by looking at local Power BI user groups during the scheduled courses.

Sessions

During this session we are going to analyze common business problems that require and advanced usage of DAX functions and data modeling with PowerPivot.
Deep dive into the handling of many to many relationships in DAX. How to make them work and how to optimize their speed thorugh many patterns and live examples of M2M usage.
We are going to show how to compute classical time intelligence with the built-in DAX functions. Then, we will show some more complex time intelligence formulas that require to think out of the box, using advanced data modeling techniques.
In this session, we will analyze the way DAX solves filtering. Starting from simple queries, we will follow the steps DAX does with the filter context, discovering the internals of the query engine of DAX.
A deep dive in the internals of the database architecture, discovering how Vertipaq stores information, in order to gain better insights into the engine and understand the best way to model your data warehouse to leverage the features of VertiPaq.
Alberto will start with a simple query and he will perform on stage all the necessary steps to optimize it, showing you the tools ant the techniques used to identify the bottleneck and to fix the performance issues
This session goes beyond the classical star schema modeling, exploring new techniques to model data with Power Pivot and SSAS Tabular. You will see how brute-force power in DAX allows different data models than those used in SSAS Multidimensional
Alberto will show you some common techniques to use when building a budget model with Power Pivot and Power Query, including previous year allocation, multiple-step budgeting with linked back tables, handling of budget on non-existing products
Tabular offers only one-to-many relationships on a single column: it seems poor when compared with Multidimensional. However, with DAX, you can handle any relationship. We analyze and solve scenarios with calculated, virtual and complex many-to-many.
In this session we will show you how Tabular performs when you are querying a model with many billions rows, conduct a complete analysis of the model searching for optimization ideas and implement them on the fly, so to look at the effect of using th
In this session we analyze some DAX expressions and Tabular models and, through the usage of DAX Studio and some understanding of the VertiPaq model, we will look at how to optimize them.
Relationships are present in any data model. Multiple relationships between the same tables and bidirectional filters increase the complexity of this topic. In this session, we discover the complexity behind relationships in complex models.
We introduce the concept of aggregation, we show several examples of their usage understanding the advantages and the limitations of aggregations, with the goal of building a solid understanding on how and when to use the feature in data models.
This session introduces calculation groups, when they should be used and several examples of use cases. You will also learn how calculation groups work internally and what are the limits of this amazing tool.
The quick answer is no, you should not. As with any rule, there are exceptions. When used with care, bidirectional filters are a powerful weapon in the hands of a skilled data modeller.
This session introduces calculation groups, when they should be used and several examples of use cases. You will also learn how calculation groups work internally and what are the limits of this amazing tool.
Bidirectional filters are a powerful tool, probably too powerful for most data models. In this quick talk we show the reason why most users should avoid using the feature, unless they understand well the implications.
In this session Alberto compares different models with a star schema, showing the technical details why a star schema is quite always the best choice.
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