Derek Comingore


Derek Comingore is a principal architect with B.I. Voyage, a Microsoft Partner that specializes in business intelligence services and solutions. He's a SQL Server MVP and holds several Microsoft certifications.

Market Watch: Scalable Data Warehousing
Companies that need their data warehouse hardware and software platforms to scale with their analytic needs can choose from two main types of solutions: data warehouse appliances and data warehouse reference configurations.
Review: Crystal Reports 2008 2
An extensive list of data sources and export formats makes this reporting tool stand out.
Review: Panorama NovaView Suite 2

Editor's note: Updated 5-26 to correct pricing information.

Panorama Software’s Panorama NovaView is a suite of analytical and reporting software products driven by the centralized NovaView Server. There are two editions of NovaView: Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition. All NovaView components are installed on the server, except for NovaView Spotlight, which is an extension to Microsoft Office, so it’s installed on client machines.

How to Create PowerPivot Applications in Excel 2010
With PowerPivot, Microsoft is closer to its goal of bringing business intelligence (BI) to the masses. Learn what PowerPivot is and how to use its client-side components to create use a self-service BI application.
Managing Analysis Services Activity - 14 Feb 2010 1
Derek provides an overview of Analysis Services Connection Architecture, Monitoring Tools & Techniques
PowerPivot Alpha Geek Challenge #2
The PowerPivot Team wants to see what you're made of! Win a $250 Microsoft Store shopping spree and a chance for a free trip to 2010 Microsoft BI Conference!
SQL Server PowerPivot: My Thoughts 1
Derek provides his thoughts on SQL Server PowerPivot and why the product is a game changer
Top 5 Reasons Your Company Should Consider SQL Server PowerPivot
Derek provides a list of key SQL Server PowerPivot features that will propel the upcoming SSBI product beyond its competitors.
2010 Microsoft BI Conference Details Surface
Derek provides an update on the elusive Microsoft BI 2010 Conference
Microsoft PowerPivot Resources
Derek shares a wealth of valuable Microsoft PowerPivot resources to help kick-start your evaluations of the upcoming self-service BI platform.
Building Your First Cube 5
Jump into advanced BI by using this step-by-step guide to making your first cube.
SQL Saturday #23: 10.24.2009 @Louisville, KY
Derek along with a host of other great speakers will be presenting at SQL Saturday #23 in Louisville, KY on 10.24.2009.
Business Intelligence for the DBA, Part 2 1
Derek provides the 3rd and final post to his series on BI for the DBA.
Business Intelligence for the DBA, Part 1.5 2
Derek provides a supplement to his recent post on why BI is so valuable.

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From the Blogs
Nov 3, 2015

Climb the Steps Toward Data Quality Success

Melissa Data's Data Quality Analyst Joseph Vertido explains how Gartner defines the critical data quality steps to prevent bad data from entering your systems in the first place, and then keep it clean over time....More
Sep 29, 2015

Data Breaches and Insider Threats

I’ll sound a bit like Captain Obvious for bringing this up, but it’s important to remember that security encompasses a lot more than protecting sensitive data from the specter of outsider threats like hackers. Properly implemented security policies also account for threat-models that include insiders – or people within your organization....More
Sep 15, 2015

Setting Up Additional Checks to Ensure Regular Transaction Log Backups 1

There’s simply no way to overstate the importance of regular Transaction Log Backups. Not only do they help protect from disaster, but regular execution of T-Log backups on Full (and Bulk-Logged) Recovery databases helps keep thing “fit and trim”. Most of the time, setting up a Notification for when T-Log Backup Jobs fail is enough to let you know when something goes wrong....More
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