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Memory Settings in Tabular Instances of Analysis Services

Memory settings in Analysis Services might be an important tuning of a correct setup, both for production and developer machines. Analysis Services 2012 can be installed in different ways and the new Tabular instance has new memory settings that are…  Read more

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Optimizing High Cardinality Columns in VertiPaq

VertiPaq is the internal column-based database engine used by PowerPivot and BISM Tabular models. High cardinality columns might be the more expensive parts of a table. If you cannot remove a high cardinality column from a table, by using the…  Read more

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Budget and Other Data at Different Granularities in PowerPivot

PowerPivot and BISM Tabular handle relationships between tables by using a single column that requires to be a unique column in the lookup table. In this article you will see how to handle relationships between tables that have different granularities,…  Read more

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String Comparison in #DAX

In DAX you don’t have the LIKE operator and you have to use SEARCH instead. However, performance are not very good and it is better to use LEFT and RIGHT if you just need to compare the initial (or ending) match of a string. I just wrote an article about  Read more

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Best session in BI Platform Track at PASS Summit 2011 #sqlpass

Last week the final session evaluations from PASS Summit 2011 have been communicated to speakers and best scores have been made public. My session was not particularly good: it had very good feedback (overall average 4.32) and some average one, mostly  Read more

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#SQLBits video (of my session) finally available

The video of the session Vertipaq vs OLAP: Change Your Data Modeling Approach that I delivered at SQLBits 9 is finally available! You can find here the video of sessions I and Alberto Ferrari delivered at the last two SQLBits. Last week we also submitted  Read more

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Videos available from SQLBits

We presented a few session at SQLBits and the video of these sessions are available. This is the list of sessions available from SQLBits 8 and SQLBits 9 – just click the link on the title and jump to the…  Read more

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#DAX Query Plan in SQL Server 2012 #Tabular

The SQL Server Profiler provides you many information regarding the internal behavior of DAX queries sent to a BISM Tabular model. Similar to MDX, also in DAX there is a Formula Engine (FE) and a Storage Engine (SE). The SE is usually handled by Vertipaq  Read more