In no particular order:
- Sold out – 2,600 people. WOW. Up around SQL PASS size.
- In one of the sessions the speaker gave a listing of who was needed for a DW project. Interestingly Analysis Services and MDX expert were listed as separate jobs. Hmmmmm.
- There are a lot of SSAS2005 white papers on the way the next few months: Real-time OLAP, Diagnosing Analysis Services 2005 MDX Query Performance Bottlenecks, and a few others.
- 500+ people in some Analysis Services sessions
- People are running 1TB + SSAS databases? Nice
- Chalk Talk setups were noisy – you could hear the discussion going on in the session next door
- Michael Tracey was captivating (maybe it was the bowtie?), Ballmer was fine, Kaplan was eh
- Conference was not technically focused whereas it seemed the majority of the people were technical
- I really enjoyed the session about the Credit Card company. The schedule said they were 20TB and they were really 8TB.
- Also liked the look into Microsoft’s myBI portal
- Definitely check out: www.codeplex.com
- Shocked at how many are using Analysis Services currently – I heard SSAS being discussed more than any other MS BI technology
- Seemed as if 10% of the attendees worked for MS
- My favorite little "trinket" was the portable SQL Server mouse
- Got a t-shirt at the BI Power Hour – Extra Large…UGH. Not like I would have worn it anyway.
- What was with the cheerleader girls? That was tacky.
- I wish scaling out Analysis Services was discussed more
- Yea I get it – partitioning, attribute relationships, and NON EMPTY clauses are my friend
- Recommended rows per partition is only 20 million?
- It seems more sessions were rescheduled than not. Well, not really…but a lot of them were.
- I’ll definitely make it next year – but with it not being in Seattle, how many Microsoft people will make it?
- I’m starting to sound like a negative Nancy so I’ll stop here
- I really liked being able to walk there and also walk home for lunch
- The boxed chocolate chip cookies were good. I’ve gone through three so far and it’s only 7PM.
- My vanilla latte the last day contained 50% foam
- I felt as if I was in a Black Friday rush for a $500 plasma at Walmart when the ropes let down for the Chalk Talks on Wednesday
- Not a single rainy day – see it doesn’t ALWAYS rain in Seattle
- I have to devote more time to learning MDX
- Breakfast the first day was awesome – potatoes, bacon, and scrambled eggs with tabasco (the tabasco made it awesome and not simply ‘pretty good’) available
- Breakfast the final day was a let down…while good in concept (omeletes), poor in execution due to too many people in line and not enough skillets/cooks
- Are partitions and attribute realtionships really that hard to understand?
- Oh, and I liked the Odwalla juices on the sixth floor
- There are going to be two types of Analysis Services people: MDX gurus and Developers/Admins
- I’m kind of glad my CIO couldn’t make it. And kind of disappointed he didn’t.
- SSAS is still in it’s infancy stages – Katmai will be a much needed step forward. I’m stoked about the future of Analysis Services.
Finally, a picture from the "Solving Business Problems Using MDX" Chalk Talk – people literally standing three deep outside of the room to hear the information. A very telling sign where BI is headed.