Sunday, May 31, 2009 9:04 PM tonyrogerson

June 10th BI Event in Reading; SQL 2008 R2 & Gemini; Data Modelling to Info Architecture; Attribute Relationships, Aggregations & using MDX studio to its best

June 10th sees a cracking line up as the title above shows. 

For more information and to register:

Join us for another UK SQL Server User Group meeting.

5.30pm – 6:00 Registration and networking + Tea/Coffee with biscuits.

Meet and greet.

6:00pm – 6:15pm Round Table discussion and Nuggets - ALL

Take stock and get the latest news in the SQL Server field. This is also a great opportunity to ask any burning questions you have, may be a problem at work.

It's also a great opportunity to share your knowledge and gain exposure in the industry by giving a short 1 - 6 minute "nugget" demo/tip.

6.15pm – 7:00pm Andrew Fryer, Microsoft

SQL Server 2008 R2 and Gemini
SQL Server 2008 R2 will be the release with Gemini in it. Gemini is about trying to marry self service BI for end users with proper control of that data for the IT Professional. The beta program has only been recently announced and so it’s still early days but if you want to know what to expect then this is your first real opportunity in the UK. So join Andrew Fryer for an hour of peering into what 2010 BI looks like

7:00pm - 7:45pm Alex Pratt and Andrew de Rozairo Sybase

From Data Modeling to Information Architecture
It used to be about doing the thing right: a tactical approach for data modelling was necessary, because all the data was contained within the same domain. Now it’s about doing the right thing. Management demands information that is strategic and which helps them make business decisions. This information is more complex, housed in multiple domains, created in different languages, and used by different areas of the organisation for opposing purposes. Adding to the complexity is the critical need for it to be timely, accurate and comprehensive. 
In this 45-minute session, Andrew de Rozairo and Alex Pratt of Sybase will impart the secrets of successfully building a foundation for a comprehensive and successful information architecture. You’ll learn how to take a new approach to modelling: combining the business view, information view and the technology view to achieve a strategic vision. 

7:45pm – 8pm BREAK: Light refreshments

More time to network and ask questions...

8pm - 8:15pm Vincent Rainardi

Nugget (demo) on SSAS

8:15pm – 9.00pm Ashwani Roy

Attribute Relationships, Aggregations and using MDX Studio to its best
Setting proper relationships for the attributes of a dimension is essential from a query performance point of view. It is one of the most important things while dimensional modelling.
Aggregations are pre calculated summaries of cube data that help enable Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services (SSAS) to provide rapid query responses. Aggregations are like fact table data grouped and aggregated to a higher level in the Hierarchy. Building the correct aggregations can greatly enhance query performance.
MDX Studio can be used to analyze complex MDX expressions, monitor performance characteristics of MDX queries and get insight into how MDX interacts with other UDM features such as attribute relationships. MDX Studio provides unique visualization representation of MDX expression and allows the user to interact with different stages of MDX execution. It is built by Mosha Pasumansky, who is inventor of MDX and one of the Architects of Microsoft Analysis Services.

Speaker Bio's

Andrew Fryer

Microsoft Evangelist specialising in Business Intelligence.

Ashwani Roy

Ashwani Roy is a Business Intelligence Consultant with IMGROUP with 5+ Years of experience in RDBMS and OLAP. He specialises in Database engine, SSIS and SSAS, C#, Design Patterns.
Ashwani is MCTS & MCITP in SQL Server 2005 and also has 2 patents in Business Intelligence domain.
Ashwani is also frequent blogger on  and  and one of the authors of Server 2008 MCP exams 451 (database solutions). He is also regular responder on Microsoft Forums 

Andrew de Rozairo

Andrew de Rozairo has focused on delivering business value through technology for the last 23 years. An Electrical Engineering and Computer Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an MBA from INSEAD, Europe's leading Business School, provides him with a unique mix of technical and business perspective. Andrew has over 16 years in management roles in the Data Management Industry, including as CEO of a VC-backed encryption start-up, and European Managing Director of an American data monitoring software company. In his current role as Business Development Manager EMEA for Sybase, Andrew works with strategic clients and partners to develop and deliver business value propositions based on leading-edge Sybase modeling, metadata management and analytics technology solutions.
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