Multi Dimensional Databases for a Multi Dimensional World

Monday 25 June 2012, 12.00pm - 2.00pm

Jersey Museum, Ouless Room, Weighbridge, St Helier, Jersey, JE2 3NG


Jake Smillie


The Chartered Institute for IT, Jersey is pleased to invite you to this event, 'Multi Dimensional Databases for a Multi Dimensional World'.

In 2005 Information Age named Hyperion Essbase as 10th in its list of most influential technology innovations of the last ten years. Ranked alongside items such as the Netscape, Blackberry, Voice Over IP (VOIP), XML and Google; Hyperion Essbase is perhaps the least known of IT innovations that fundamentally changed an industry. With the introduction of Essbase and other On-Line Analytical Processing (OLAP) technologies business users suddenly had the ability to access enormous data sets of information all arranged in an intuitive and accessible way.

In this session, Jake Smillie of Business Intelligence specialists Altius Consulting will provide an overview of multi-dimensional databases focusing on their purpose, whilst comparing and contrasting them with traditional relational models. We’ll demonstrate Essbase and discuss the applications that they are suitable for. We’ll also contrast differing OLAP options available on the market today with particular focus on Microsoft’s new Business Intelligence Semantic Model released as part of the SQL Server 2012 product suite.

Speaker bio:

Having completed his BSc (Hons) Computing degree from Bournemouth in 2005, Jake has been a Business Intelligence consultant with Altius Consulting for over six years.

In this time Jake has specialised in both of Altius' primary Business Intelligence technology partners: Oracle and Microsoft, gaining particular experience with Essbase and SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS).

Jake has been lead technical architect in numerous enterprise Data Warehouse and Planning projects within the Retail and Finance business sectors. His clients include BP, Waterstones, Red Bull, Santander and Lloyds.

Jake keeps a blog he wishes he could post more to, however it has been referenced alongside Chris Webb and Marco Russo as a good source of information for SSAS. It has also led to publishers asking him to contribute to books on Essbase, which he will get around to at some point.

Jake is well known for his uncanny ability to fall asleep anywhere, sometimes standing up, but has never to date fell asleep whilst giving a presentation; he wishes he could say the same about his audiences.