Russ Whitney

Russ
Whitney

Russ Whitney (rwhitney@proclarity.com) 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).

Articles
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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Jul 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 29: Practical Implementation Tips

My initial goal in writing this series of posts was to outline some of the concerns surrounding Availability Groups (AGs) and SQL Server Agent Jobs – and call out how there is virtually no guidance from Microsoft on this front and then detail some of the pitfalls and options available for tackling this problem domain. I initially expected this series of posts to have between 25 and 30 posts – according to some of the early outlines I created ‘way back when’....More
Jul 6, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 28: Additional Options for Tackling Jobs Failover

Throughout this series of posts I’ve taken a somewhat pessimistic view of how SQL Server Agent jobs are managed within most organizations – meaning that most of the code and examples I’ve provided up until this point were based on assumptions about how CHANGE to jobs is managed. That pessimism, to date, has come in two forms:...More
Jul 1, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 27: Options and Concerns for More Advanced Deployments

In this series of posts I’ve called out some of the concerns related to SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups and their interaction with SQL Server Agent jobs – both in the form of Batch Jobs (see post #3) and backups....More
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