Kristl Smith Tyler

Smith Tyler

Kristl Smith Tyler is the national business intelligence practice director for NWN’s NVision Software Solutions Consulting Division.

SSIS Novices’ Guide to Data Warehouses: Flattening While Staging the Data 2
When building a data warehouse, you often need to flatten the data when you move it from the Raw tables to the Stage tables. Flattening data can be a difficult concept for new warehouse designers to grasp, so here are two detailed examples.
SSIS Novices’ Guide to Data Warehouses: Moving Data into the Data Warehouse 7
If you're inexperienced with using SSIS, creating a data warehouse might seem like an impossible task—but it's not if you use some different strategies. For example, you can use a wizard to initially create an SSIS package that will move data from the source system into the data warehouse.
Build a Cube to Perform Scenario-Based Risk Analysis
Find out how to design and build a cube that can be used to simulate changing conditions for risk analysis.

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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
Sep 1, 2015

Stop Using INFORMATION_SCHEMA and SysObjects for Exists Checks 3

Code like this isn’t optimal: IF EXISTS(SELECT * FROM sys.objects WHERE name = N'TableToDrop' AND type = 'U')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Neither is this: IF EXISTS(SELECT TABLE_NAME FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES WHERE TABLE_NAME = 'TableToDrop')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Yet, I see both of those used all of the time – over and over again. Even though it’s 2015.  ...More
Aug 27, 2015

A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups 1

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
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