SQL Saturday Phoenix 2015 – Will Be A Most Outstanding Spectacle!

SQL Saturday 370 - PHXHello Fellow Phoenicians!  Yes it is that time again!  “A training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server”.  SQL Saturday Phoenix – 2015 is shaping up to be a great event.  A new venue located in Central Phoenix to make the event more accessible to more technology professionals.  In my opinion, this is a great decision made by the Arizona SQL Server User Group Officers who are responsible for all the hard work organizing the event.  Additionally, a BIG “THANK YOU” to all of the sponsors who have provided their support for this year’s event.

What I am most excited about is that there are some very talented people coming in from all over the country to speak at SQL Saturday #370 – Phoenix!

I want to highlight some of my Pragmatic Works colleagues who are speaking and the outstanding sessions they are delivering.  I have also included links to their blogs and Twitter handles…so you can go follow them!

Architecting the Modern Day Data Warehouse

I have the awesome privilege of participating in the Architecting the Modern Day Data Warehouse precon session with Adam Jorgensen and Ginger Grant. We have been working away preparing to deliver an informative, collaborative, and interactive pre-con session just for you.  If you haven’t done so, please go out and sign up for the SQL Saturday Phoenix pre-con sessions.

I will be covering the topic of Advanced Data Integration in a Modern Day Data Warehouse.  “How do we take this data and make sure it gets where it needs to go, cleanly, quickly and efficiently? How does the cloud work with our new processes? Let’s learn by doing in this demo rich segment!”  Additionally, I will cover the topic of Enterprise and Self-Service Data Analysis in the Modern Day Data Warehouse.  This section will focus on how all the various components OLAP, Tabular, Power Pivot, HDInsight, Machine Learning work together in the new data warehousing world.

SSAS Multidimensional vs. SSAS Tabular – Which one do I use?

On Saturday, I will be delivering a session on SSAS Multidimensional vs Tabular.  The reason I submitted this topic is that the last time I presented on SSAS Multidimensional, I received a question from one of the attendees.  “How do I know which SSAS (Multidimensional or Tabular) to use?”  Determining whether multidimensional or tabular is the optimum solution for your organization is a key step when working with SQL Server Analysis Services 2012/2014. This session will introduce you to some of the common pitfalls with each solution and how you can avoid them. By the end of this session, you’ll have a clearer understanding of the strengths and weakness of each model and how your organization can optimally leverage the strengths of SSAS 2012/2014. considerations.

See you at Phoenix SQL Saturday!


Alan Faulkner



  1. Hi Alan,
    I attended your lecture this past Saturday in Phoenix on SSAS Tabular vs SSAS Multi-Dimensional and found it extremely useful as we have had some heated debates on which one to use (we have both setup). Have you posted the slides from your lecture? Thanks for the great presentation!

    • Lisa,

      My apologies for not getting this out sooner. I have had a client engagement that has required my full attention. I have posted the slide content in PDF format from the presentation I did at SQL Saturday Phoenix for the SSAS Tabular vs. Multi-dimensional session. You can find it on the Past Events page next to the entry dated 2/28/2015.

      I hope this helps.


      Alan Faulkner

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