Russ Whitney


Russ Whitney ( is vice president of research and development for ProClarity and directs development of a software platform used to create custom analytic applications. He is a director of Idaho Research Foundation and Distributed Database Consulting (DDBC).

January 2004 MDX Puzzle Solution
Measure a store's performance by comparing it to other stores in the database.
The Art of Cube Design
Because forecasting depends on the needs of your business, creating a forecasting cube often requires some artistic finesse. Here are some techniques you can use to solve some common cube-design problems.
Analysis Services Security and HTTP 2
If you’ve ever tried to connect users to Analysis Services over HTTP, you know you can’t use the default security protocol. Fortunately, Analysis Services lets you choose from three security options.
November 2003 MDX Puzzle Solution
Discover the solution to the previous MDX puzzle.
January 2004 MDX Puzzle
Challenge yourself with this month's puzzle.
November 2003 MDX Puzzle
Learn a way to put a number into context to determine its relevance.
October 2003 MDX Puzzle Solution
Learn how to narrow a list to show only the items that are relevant in a given situation.
A Deeper Look at Drillthrough 3
Microsoft provides an example of how to create drillthrough support for Excel’s PivotTable components, but the example can be hard to follow. Here’s an explanation to help you use the example better.
September 2003 MDX Puzzle Solution 1
Discover a query that returns the top 10 non-beer products that were purchased with beer in the FoodMart 2000 Sales cube.
October 2003 MDX Puzzle
Try your hand at writing a query that returns all the FoodMart 2000 Sales cube customers whose total Store Sales equal at least 5 percent of the sales to the customer who has the highest total Store Sales.
Dimension Writeback 1
Dimension writeback is an essential function of budgeting and planning applications. You can create your own cube to learn how dimension writeback works in SQL Server 2000 Enterprise and Developer editions.
August 2003 MDX Puzzle Solution 1
Here's a query that uses the TOPCOUNT() function to rank customers who aren't single and female.
September 2003 MDX Puzzle
Use the FoodMart 2000 Sales cube to find which 10 non-beer products customers purchased most frequently in the same transaction with beer products.
All About Nothing
OLAP cubes are notorious for having lots of empty (or null) cells. Including these empty cells in your result sets can bog down your analysis applications. But you can use these tricks to eliminate empties.
August 2003 MDX Puzzle
Can you find the top 10 single female customers without listing the other three types of customer--single male, married male, and married female?

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