Meeting Tuesday October 19th at Microsoft Quarry Oaks II

Hello all!

This month we will be delving into some BI goodness with an introduction to MDX.

Introduction to MDX
In this session we will cover some of the basic concepts of MDX which would help us in writing MDX queries.  We will also cover some of the commonly used functions, slicers and filters by applying concepts covered earlier.  

About Vamsi Bogullu:
I am a Database Administrator for Precision Recovery Analytics Inc. Currently I am involved with designing and implementing BI solution using Microsoft stack for the backend and Business Objects for the front end.

We meet at:
Quarry Oaks II
10900 S. Stonelake Blvd.
Suite 225
Austin, TX 78759

5:30PM to 6:00PM – What problems are you having?
6:10PM to 7:00PM – Feature presentation
7:00PM 7:30PM – Q&A follow up and discuss next meeting.

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SQLSaturday News

I’m working on the location and will be sending out emails to folks asking to fill out the rest of the committee positions and filling out the volunteer list.


Website changes

I’ve moved the website off of my self-hosted server and on to It’s much easier to manage, I don’t have to worry about patching and the nightmare of working with dotnetnuke.


Next Month

AJ Mendo is scheduled to give a talk on Using Maintenance Plans or Not.


In December

I’ll be talking on Solid State Storage, what it is and what it isn’t and is it for your SQL Server needs.



It cost 1500.00 a year to provide food and drinks for CACTUSS. That’s not including the hundreds of dollars in books from people like O’Rilley and Wrox Press(Thank You!), or Microsoft  who provide the space (We are VERY lucky!!). To cover the food budget I usually reach out to six or seven vendors hoping two or three come through. In exchange for that I give them a time slot to market to the group and attach them to everything related to CACTUSS. That leaves nothing for speakers or additional training opportunities. Every year is a struggle to find enough people present to the group. We are very lucky to have the hand full of truly awesome speakers here in Austin like Joe Celko and Conor Cunningham, but I don’t want to burn them out or ask to much of their time.


So, I’m asking you, the people that come to the meetings, to help grow the group to continue to increase the quality of the education we provide. I won’t turn down any ideas. If we had twelve local business donate 150.00 dollars a year, we could be covered. If every person that receives this email donated 5 dollars a year it would cover the food and drink as well. I would like to turn our UG into a bigger training opportunity and not a bigger marketing opportunity.  As always, if you want to speak Like this month’s speaker and next month’s speaker I’ll do everything I can to help.


To every vendor that has given CACTUSS money over the years, I personally thank you. If you are a vendor in the SQL Server space and have a truly technical presentation on any aspect of SQL Server I’ll gladly put you on the roster to speak, and if you want to pick up the tab for the food I’d be fine with that too.


Wes Brown

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