MDX formatting and the changing toolset

Reporting Services includes a very useful visual MDX query tool, which I often start with when writing reports. It can add parameters and create calculated members for you which are both handy features. Very quickly though you realise that it can't do more complicated MDX queries for you without you…

Macros in Visual Studio (BIDS)

This post is an extended version of a question I answered on Stack Overflow because it was interesting. When I think of Macros on the one hand I recall quite complicated VBA workbooks I've done in the past and on the other hand basic keyboard shortcuts e.g. on programmable mice…

Developing good managers

Steve Jones ( VoiceOfTheDBA , @way0utwest )posted an article today about better bosses needed which inspired me to write an extended version of the comment I made. MBA programs have received a lot of criticism in recent years given that the GFC was essentially an MBA led recession. There has been significant push…