Keeping Big Data Big with Aggregations


I have built several solutions over the years to enable business users to get at the data they need to do the analysis that is important to them. I would build cubes so that they could slice, dice and mold the data into the shape they need. They would use tools like Excel, Reporting Services and more recently Power BI to interactively work with an entire dataset. Then I entered the world of Big Data when I started building reporting solutions Microsoft’s Bing business teams. All the sudden, the data was too large to fit into one cube. Suddenly it became impractical to have to load all the data into one SQL databases.

While the size of the data presented many implementation challenges to the development team, it didn’t change what the business users needed to do with it. To enable them to use the same tools they were used…

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