Paul Turley

Paul
Turley

Paul Turley is a SolidQ mentor and SQL Server MVP. He's an active member of the SQL Server community and director of the Oregon SQL user group. He has authored or coauthored 12 books, including the SSRS, BI, and database reporting series from Wrox.

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Are You Ready For Power BI?

Microsoft has positioned Power BI to be the industry-leading tool for simple self-service desktop data mashups but it has great heritage of serious business analytics.  I’ve had numerous conversations lately with new consulting clients; both business leaders and technical professionals, who recognize the promise of Power BI and are anxious to put it to work solving real data problems.  Are you ready to use Power BI to tackle your data challenges?  On the 27th of August, I’ll lead an online virtual workshop “Building Business Intelligence Solutions

Getting Started with Datazen, Microsoft’s New Mobile Dashboard Platform
Microsoft Datazen is a robust, enterprise-scale server-hosted mobile dashboard platform that works on every mobile platform – the iPad and iPhone, Windows desktop, tablet and phone, Android devices and HTML5 with full fidelity. To use Datazen, you don’t need SharePoint, a cloud subscription, Office or any other software.
Setting Up a Datazen Server
In this article, second in the series, we setup the Datazen server in preparation for designing basic dashboards in Part 3. Later on, we’ll explore advanced designs and dashboard interactions using parameters and drill-through navigation. If you haven’t already, read the first article to understand the server components and tools you’ll need to get started.
SSAS Tabular-Part 3: Tabular Model Administration

This is the third article in the four part series about designing SSAS Tabular models.  In this article you will learn how to manage and secure a deployed model on the server.

Part 1 - Getting Started with SSAS Tabular

SSAS Tabular-Part 4: Deep Dive DAX

This is the fourth and final article in the four part series about designing SSAS Tabular models.  We go deeper into the DAX language to define more advanced measures and KPIs.

Part 1 - Getting Started with SSAS Tabular

SSAS Tabular-Part 2: Easy DAX: Getting Started with Data Analysis Expressions
In this second in a series of four articles about designing and using Tabular models, you will learn how to get started with Data Analysis Expressions. In the articles that follow, we will add more sophisticated features to deliver production-scale solutions.
Starting Your Modeling Career with Analysis Services Tabular Models Part 1
Microsoft's introduction of the xVelocity in-memory analytics engine in 2010 is a significant game-changer for business intelligence and data management. The availability of this impressive technology and its future application in new product features will change the way you store and consume data, and it's at the heart of SSAS Tabular.
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Getting Started with Data Mining in SQL Server 2
Use the Data Mining Model Designer in SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) and the data mining add-ins for Excel 2013 to mine data in SQL Server.
Custom Programming to Enhance SSRS Reports 2
One of the most compelling capabilities in SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is the ability to extend report features with custom code and programming extensions.
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Custom Programming to Enhance SSRS Reports
August 23, 2015

There are three different methods that you can use to include image content in a report, which you set using the Source property of the Image report item. These include...

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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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