Paul Turley is a SolidQ mentor and SQL Server MVP. He's an active member of the SQL Server community and director of the Oregon SQL user group. He has authored or coauthored 12 books, including the SSRS, BI, and database reporting series from Wrox.
Power Pivot and other self-service BI tools are not a replacement for a data mart or data warehouse. When used correctly for Personal BI, Team BI, prototypes or proofs-of-concept, you can achieve truly agile, rapid reporting success with Excel Power Pivot....More
Recently, I've been working with a consulting client to help them tame CPU usage. Typically, they're clocking over 20,000 queries and operations per second on their e-commerce SQL Server, but ran into an issue where CPU started spiking up above 90 percent for sustained periods of time....More