BIDS Helper

Thursday, December 6, 2007

I know this means I'm quite late writing about it, but I only came about to learn about this Visual Studio.Net add-in quite recently and I wanted to study it for a bit before writing about it. The BIDS Helper is an excellent extension to the BI Development Studio which comes with SQL Server 2005. Though my main uses for it are for the SSAS part of my BI project, the newly released version also has features for SSIS. Among other features for SSAS, the BIDS Helper enables you to: Validate aggregations – checking whether the calculations you defined...

Browsing a Cube and Influencing Aggregations

Thursday, September 27, 2007

You can browse a cube through the cube browser in Analysis Services or through the one in the Management Studio. I usually use the one in the Management Studio, as it gives your more space to look. In the cube I created in Analysis Services, I added a Budget hierarchy in my Budget dimension. I decided to check the data for the new hierarchy in comparison to the money that was assigned to it in the Budget fact table. And it was problematic…I was opening the Budget hierarchy and in the first 3 levels it reacted pretty quickly, but...