SNESSUG September Meeting

October 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm (SNESSUG) (, , , , )

We had a good night with 13 people attending. I ran unopposed for president of SNESSUG for my second, and final, term. We were graced with the prescence of Jeff Moden, MVP and on of the top posters over at SQL Server Central. He was just visiting. He’s a great guy and I was very happy for the chance to meet him in person. Jeff is going to be at the PASS Summit this year, so you too can have a chance to meet him.

The presentation was on SSAS and SSRS by Sunil Kadimdiwan. He did a full introduction of cubes from Excel to Analysis Services, all with the purpose of showing how to generate good reports using Reporting Services. Attendees were very interested in some of the security settings for Analysis Services. Sunil walked us through the use of BIDS, or Business Intelligence Development Studio, to build & modify cubes.  The presentations were well received. Interestingly enough, he used very few slides and spent all his time working through examples.

Then, the fire alarm went off. We lost about 20 minutes.

Sunil came back in and finished up on Reporting Services. He’s a trooper.

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PASS Log Reader Awards

October 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm (PASS)

Brent Ozar, Andy Warren and Jeremiah Peschka have put together a blogger award called the PASS Log Reader Award. I took a couple of posts that I did in the last year and entered. No, I’m not going to say which ones and I don’t expect to win because I just picked ’em up, as is, no edits and submitted. I didn’t browse all my posts, I didn’t rank them, rate them, or do anything else. I just picked two that seemed to describe something and describe it reasonably well.

The way I look at it, win or lose, this is supporting PASS, so it’s worth taking part. Plus, I like a little competition. The award will be presented at the Summit (which is only three weeks away!).

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