Craig Utley


Craig Utley ( is a mentor with Solid Quality Mentors and a former program manager with the SQL Customer Advisory Team at Microsoft. He is a SQL Server MVP and the operator of

Avoid Common SQL Server Analysis Services Problems
It’s easy to create a usable and high-performance set of cubes with SSAS as long as you know the pitfalls to watch out for and possess the patience and savvy to thwart them.
Creating Dimensions in SSAS, Part 2 5
After you build the proper dimensions of a cube, you need to add attribute relationships to help the cube engine better process queries for faster data analysis.
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Creating Dimensions in SSAS, Part 1 2
Learn how to build proper dimensions, add useful hierarchies that support user’s navigational needs, then perform the important step of adding attribute relationships to make your users' data analysis fast and easy.
Unveiling PerformancePoint Server 2007
PerformancePoint Server 2007 might be in your future, especially if your users find out about its BI features. Get the lowdown before they do about the 3 parts of PerformancePoint Server, what it needs to run, and what exactly it delivers.
Points to Ponder: Delivering BI to the Organization
Many options exist for delivering BI data to end users. Here are some important considerations to keep in mind as you choose the delivery tools for the various users you serve.
Bring Cube Data into Focus
Reporting Services gives you an inexpensive way to deliver Analysis Services data to business users. Here’s how you can provide greater flexibility in your reports so users can easily change the ways they view BI data.
Delivering Analysis Services Data with Reporting Services
Learn how to use Reporting Services to give business users access to complex Analysis Services data--in a user-friendly format.
MDX for the MDX Phobic
If you don't have experience with MDX then Microsoft's Office Excel Add-in for SQL Server Analysis Services is for you.
Drillthrough on the Fly
Drillthrough lets you look at the individual records in a cube, but you can't modify a drillthrough query on the fly. You can create a drillthrough report, then use a cell-level action to call the report and pass the parameters.
Beating the Odds 1
A well-designed data warehouse can help your organization make faster and more informed decisions, but data-warehousing projects are risky business. Here's why so many data-warehousing projects fail and how to increase your project's chances for success.

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Nov 3, 2015

Climb the Steps Toward Data Quality Success

Melissa Data's Data Quality Analyst Joseph Vertido explains how Gartner defines the critical data quality steps to prevent bad data from entering your systems in the first place, and then keep it clean over time....More
Sep 29, 2015

Data Breaches and Insider Threats

I’ll sound a bit like Captain Obvious for bringing this up, but it’s important to remember that security encompasses a lot more than protecting sensitive data from the specter of outsider threats like hackers. Properly implemented security policies also account for threat-models that include insiders – or people within your organization....More
Sep 15, 2015

Setting Up Additional Checks to Ensure Regular Transaction Log Backups 1

There’s simply no way to overstate the importance of regular Transaction Log Backups. Not only do they help protect from disaster, but regular execution of T-Log backups on Full (and Bulk-Logged) Recovery databases helps keep thing “fit and trim”. Most of the time, setting up a Notification for when T-Log Backup Jobs fail is enough to let you know when something goes wrong....More
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