Brian Erlich

Brian
Erlich

Brian Erlich is a business intelligence architect at Perficient. He has worked with SQL Server for the past 10 years, holds his MCITP in business intelligence, and teaches how to use Microsoft's BI tools and T-SQL in his spare time.

Articles
Panorama Necto review
Panorama Necto adds a unique twist to self-service BI by adding social features that allow users to collaborate more effectively.
SQL Sentry console screenshot
Product Review: SQL Sentry Power Suite 6.2
If you're in the market for SQL Server monitoring software, you should take a close look at this suite.
ExtendX Data Unlimited 2.0
With ExtendX, you can browse company data and perform ad hoc analyses, including creating pivot tables.
Melissa Data's Contact Verification screenshot
Review: Contact Verification Component
The Contact Verification Component integrates with SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) to provide a Data Flow task that you can use to validate and enhance contact information.
BIxPress 3.0.1 Standard Edition screenshot
Review: BI xPress
BI xPress offers a lot of functionality to speed up the development and deployment of SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) packages.
Attunity SQL Server-CDC for SSIS 2.1 7
Attunity SQL Server-CDC for SSIS efficiently captures and replicates data changes in databases.

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Aug 27, 2015
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A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups

This blog post is a bit of a ‘repeat’ – since I already covered much of the rationale behind this post in Part 23 of my multi-part series on AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Agent Jobs. But, I also figured that this is enough of an important topic to merit its own blog post....More
Aug 19, 2015
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Looking forward to Containers

Virtualization has long been a staple when it comes to computing. In essence, virtualization is really just the use of abstraction to make things either easier to manage or more fault-tolerant. Disks, for example, have long been virtualized in the sense that a single, physical, can easily be divided up into multiple logical (or virtual) volumes (or drives) just as easily as a number of discreet physical disks can also be virtualized into a single drive (via RAID) – which can further be partitioned into volumes, LUNs, and so....More
Jul 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 29: Practical Implementation Tips

My initial goal in writing this series of posts was to outline some of the concerns surrounding Availability Groups (AGs) and SQL Server Agent Jobs – and call out how there is virtually no guidance from Microsoft on this front and then detail some of the pitfalls and options available for tackling this problem domain. I initially expected this series of posts to have between 25 and 30 posts – according to some of the early outlines I created ‘way back when’....More
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