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Insufficient data from Andrew Fryer
Good diary management is career mission critical at Microsoft and may well be the same for you and if it is I have some free stuff for you to try. The Microsoft BI team have issued a calendar analytics spreadsheet that shows you how you are spending your time. It works by connecting to exchange and picks...
11 May 2011
Query Across the Mersey
SQL Bits 9 , Adelphi Hotel Liverpool 29th September to 1 October 2011, what else do you need to know? Well possibly a few things if you are now reading the second line of this post or you haven’t been to them before.. It’s the biggest and best SQL event in Europe, I know this because we get people coming...
10 Aug 2011
Spatial and OLAP data in Reporting Services
I spent a very interesting afternoon last week with the IT team at the RSPB to explore what they could do to combine their mapping data with the olap cubes they have in analysis services. The only out of the box solution in SQL Server for spatial data is the map control in reporting Services (in SQL...
17 Sep 2010
What’s good in SQL Server 2012 Integration Services
This is a guest post by Allan Mitchell MVP, and one of the top speakers at SQL Bits The launch of SQL Server 2012 is not too far away and the SQL Server team have been hard at work adding new functionality and also improving upon existing features. I am lucky enough to have been working...
6 Feb 2012
Does “self service BI” mean more or less work for IT?
Before I answer that question I want to be clear on what exactly self service BI means as you could argue that users have been doing BI for themselves since the spreadsheet was invented. In those early days users would often have to rekey data into whatever analysis tool they were using as the source...
5 Oct 2011
Before I get started with SQL Server Denali ctp3
I have spent the last couple of days setting up a demo environment for SQL Server “Denali”, and I thought it might be useful to share some of my experiences over the next few days. Before I get into that a short post about the environment I have which will comprise of 7 x virtual machines (VMs) running...
18 Jul 2011
Microsoft, and Hadoop for Big Data
Despite common misconceptions Microsoft now has extensive interoperability with open source technologies for example you can run a php application on Azure, get support from us to run RedHat, SUSE or CentOs on Hyper-V and manage your applications from System Center. , So extending this approach...
5 Jul 2012
Despite common misconceptions Microsoft now has extensive interoperability with open source technologies for example you can run a php application on Azure, get support from us to run RedHat, SUSE or CentOs on Hyper-V and manage your applications from System Center . , So extending this approach...
22 Mar 2013
I am in the middle of SQL relay this week, but I just realised that you might like to have a copy of my Denali slide deck, which I have now posted to SkyDrive . You are welcome to have a look at it even if you couldn’t make one of the four venues I am presenting at this week, but there isn’t a lot of...
5 Oct 2011
Reporting Alerting in SQL Server Denali ctp3
The installation experience for SQL Server Denali is very similar to SQL Server 2008 R2 but there are some important differences because of the new services. I would also add that this is the install of the beta and I daresay I’ll need to do another post when it is released. The options for the...
20 Jul 2011
Installing Denali ctp3–how hard can it be
l forget sometimes that installing SQL Server isn’t that straightforward, in part because it is now so much more than the database engine, that was SQL Server 7 when I started. I also think its important that you understand the choices you are making when installing it although many of these can...
19 Aug 2011
I saw a discussion the other having a go about the fact that it is possible to create KPIs in a number of Microsoft tools and how confusing that can be and I thought it would be good to understand why there is a choice at all. Firstly the term KPI mans key performance indicator, I mention this...
1 Apr 2011
NO SQL Server
I spent last Thursday at Black Marble’s Architect Forum and my slot was on SQL, NoSQL, some SQL. It went down very well but I used OneNote on my tablet not PowerPoint and like all modern art my drawing needs a bit of explaining.. Databases were originally used to store transactions which are highly...
10 Dec 2011
Getting Started with SharePoint and SQL Server Reporting Services – a guest post by Jess Meats
One of the capabilities of SQL Server is the ability to create and publish rich reports on your data. One of the capabilities of SharePoint Server is the ability to store, manage and provide a portal to documents. Those documents could be your reports. So you have one system letting you create reports...
8 Feb 2011
BI for small business
When I applied to join Microsoft nearly 4 years ago I had to give a presentation on olap for small business which now looks a little dated. So yesterday I got the chance to revisit my thoughts on this over espresso with BI Guru Rafal Luckaweiki from Project Botticelli who was over to...
3 Mar 2011
Analysis Services cubed in SQL Server Denali ctp3
I have now managed to install analysis services (SSAS) in SQL Server Denali ctp3 three times to reflect the three installation options that now exist .. The top instance is the table based installation that’s completely new for SQL Server Denali Then I have olap based SSAS instance that I have deliberately...
21 Jul 2011
Notes & Queries from TechDays 2011
I have been at TechDays Live all last week and although I did a bit of presenting, I was mainly there to listen and keep the week running smoothly. I scribbled down a few notes during the various sessions I was in which I thought might be of interest: Easyjet have an amazing set of stories around...
2 Jun 2011
War on Cost 2010
I used to talk to a number of universities about business intelligence, balanced scorecards et al. I could see that lights were coming on and that this basic use of information to drive decision making was both new and a good idea. This might not seem to be odd until you realise that these...
22 Oct 2010
SQL Relay 2012
Four cities, in four days makes for one tired evangelist, so why am I doing SQL Relay with the SQL community I hear you ask. Well that’s your answer really - I can’t hear you ask anything when I am sat in darkest Surrey blogging away so I am actually doing these events not so much to...
8 May 2012
The Shape of BI
I spent a couple of hours this morning with a partner who wants to work with the Microsoft platform to deliver spatial business intelligence. Unlike some companies who have BI skills they are trying to extend into the spatial world, these guys are spatial experts who want to understand Microsoft...
12 Oct 2010
the BI Sematic Model in SQL Server Denali ctp3
Some sort of semantic model is needed in every BI solution but what is it and why do I need one? It’s a view of the data store(s) you want to work on for business intelligence which adds additional information that can be stored in the individual tables themselves. For example how are the...
25 Jul 2011
NULL <> ISBlank()
While Excel is definitely the most widely used BI end user tool, SQL skills are often needed to get data from a source and into Excel be that Excel stand alone or with an add-on like PowerPivot. There are many big differences between Excel expressions and SQL but it’s the little ones that floor...
17 May 2011
UK Data in the Cloud
There is still a lot of inertia in the UK about storing data in the cloud for entirely valid reasons and rather vague uncertainties and doubt. For a few organisations keeping data in the cloud is exactly the right thing to do because those organisations want to actively share their information, the most...
22 Aug 2013
Data Mining not dead, but possibly forgotten
With the launch of SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server Denali ctp3 there has been ever more BI functionality built in but nothing has been mentioned about the strange world of data mining . Data mining has been in SQL Server since analysis services was launched but I have rarely seen it being used - it...
4 Aug 2011
SQL Server 2012 editions and dependencies
You may have seen that there are going to be some changes to the way SQL Server 2012 is licensed and the editions available, if you haven’t then the detail is here . What I want to cover off in this post is what the various new features depend on so you are clear on what else you need besides the...
8 Nov 2011
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