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I just had to profile MDX queries sent to SSAS from some client. Office Web Components (that are used in the cube browser of Management Studio) in many circumstances send a lot of MDX queries, increasing roundtrip between client and server, resulting in bad performance in tables with hundreds of rows (crossjoin between 3 attributes on rows and one measure on column).
I was very worried, until I saw the clean and beautiful MDX query that Excel 2007 send to Analysis Services 2005 to get the same results: great performance, a hand-written MDX query has the same performance (WARNING: this is not a benchmark but a small test on a very limited set of queries).
This week the Beta 2 of Excel 2007 could help me to make some customer happy...
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Marco Russo is a consultant, writer and trainer specialized in Business Intelligence with Microsoft technologies. He runs the SQLBI.COM website, which is dedicated to distribute resources useful for BI developers, like Integration Services components, Analysis Services models, tools, technical information and so on. Marco is certified as MCT, MCDBA, MCSD.NET, MCSA, MCSE+I.