Thank You for Attending my #SQLSatOrlando Session! Slides, Resources, Recording

SQL Saturday #442 in Orlando, FL has come and gone but what a turn out! The event was excellent, we had a great turnout for our session and had a blast! And as a bonus, the BBQ lunch, baked beans, coleslaw, mac n cheese and dessert were amazing. Seriously one of the best lunches I’ve had a SQL Saturday event! Plus, the Lego name tags were epic! 100% without a doubt the coolest name tag ever.

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How I Got my Start at Pragmatic Works

October 4th of this month was my seven year anniversary as an employee of Pragmatic Works. Things have changed a lot over the past seven years. Working with the wonderful people at Pragmatic Works has been quite an amazing journey and incredible opportunity. With that in mind I thought that I should share my story of how I ended up working in the business intelligence field with the great team at Pragmatic Works. Continue reading How I Got my Start at Pragmatic Works

Data Warehouse from the Ground Up at SQL Saturday Orlando, FL on Oct. 10th

SQL Saturday #442SQL Saturday #442 is upon us and yours truly will be presenting in Orlando, Florida on October 10th alongside Mitchell Pearson (b|t). The session is scheduled at 10:35 AM and will last until 11:35 AM. I’m very excited to be presenting at SQL Saturday Orlando this year as it’ll be my first presenting this session in person and my first time speaking at SQL Saturday Orlando! If you haven’t registered yet for this event, you need to do that. This event will be top notch!

My session is called Designing a Data Warehouse from the Ground Up. What if you could approach any business process in your organization and quickly design an effective and optimal dimensional model using a standardized step-by-step method? In this session I’ll discuss the steps required to design a unified dimensional model that is optimized for reporting and follows widely accepted best practices. We’ll also discuss how the design of our dimensional model affects a SQL Server Analysis Services solution and how the choices we make during the data warehouse design phase can make or break our SSAS cubes. You may remember that I did this session a while back for Pragmatic Works via webinar. I’ll be doing the same session at SQL Saturday Orlando but on-prem! ;)

So get signed up for this event now! It’s only 11 days away!

Creating Time Calculations in Power BI

One of the current issues in Power BI is the inability to specify a Date table. The Date table is what enables us to create some of the powerful DAX time calculations like Year To Date, Month To Date and more when the Date key is not a Date data type. Ginger Grant has blogged about this issue with a proposed work around, which you can read about here. Even though we can’t exactly specify which table is our Date table in Power BI, that doesn’t mean we can’t create some nifty time calculations with Continue reading Creating Time Calculations in Power BI

Watch the Power Pivot 101 Webinar Recording

Thank you to everyone that attended my webinar titled Power Pivot 101: An Introduction! Also, thank you to Thomas Leblanc (blog|twitter) for making it possible. I had a great time presenting to the PASS Excel BI Virtual Chapter and I’d love to be able to do it again any time.

If you weren’t able to make the webinar, you can easily view the entire recording right here!

If you’d like to play along with the webinar and follow through with my examples, you can download the data sources here.

If you want to download the Power Pivot model I created during the webinar and play around with it, that can be download here, as well.

Power Pivot Learning Resources

Read about options for upgrading a Power Pivot model.

Interested in hands on training with the experts from Pragmatic Works? Consider taking their Power Pivot modeling class.

Here is part 1 of 10 DAX calculations for your Power Pivot model.


We had a lot of questions at the end of the webinar and I didn’t have time to answer all the questions. If you had a question that I didn’t get to, please just leave a comment down below with your question.

If you had any other feedback, you can leave that comment down below, as well. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the webinar.

Executing DBCC for SQL Server Analysis Services 2016

In the upcoming release of SQL Server Analysis Services 2016, one of the new features you’ll see is the ability to perform a database consistency check against your SSAS cubes and Tabular models. Just like in the database engine side of things, DBCC for SSAS checks for corruption across the entire database or individual objects within the database.

Check out what’s new in SSAS 2016

The DBCC command is shaped likes the XMLA Process command so there’s not a lot of complexity to it. Below here, you can see the basic syntax for the SSAS DBCC command. Its worthing noting that the syntax of the command will look the same whether you’re running it against an SSAS multidimensional database or Tabular model. Continue reading Executing DBCC for SQL Server Analysis Services 2016

Join Me for Free #PowerPivot Training w/ @ExcelBIPASS Sept 10 – 12p CDT


I’m excited to be able to say that coming up next week on Thursday September 10, I’ll be presenting my session Power Pivot 101: An Introduction to the PASS Excel BI Virtual Chapter! For a lot of users, Power Pivot is like the Ferrari you had in your garage but weren’t aware and that’s one of the reasons I’m so excited to be able to present on this topic. This session is completely free and available to all who would like to attend. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Register for free Power Pivot training

Power Pivot is a powerful yet flexible analytics tool built into a familiar environment yet many users remain unsure of how to take advantage of this dynamic tool. In this session, we’ll discuss the purpose of Power Pivot, where Power Pivot fits within your organization and the basics of designing a Power Pivot model that integrates disparate data sources with the goal of gaining previously unrecognized insight into key business metrics.

This free online training event is scheduled for Thursday September 10th at 12 pm CST/1 pm EST. If you’re interested in attending, all you need to do is RSVP here to let the organizers know you’re coming. It’s going to be a great event, a lot of fun and maybe even educational! ;)

Dustin Ryan is an MSBI consultant, trainer, speaker & author specializing in data warehousing, SSAS, SSIS, SSRS, Power BI and SharePoint


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