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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Power BI Solutions for the Enterprise – Part 1
Power BI is a bona fide sensation. It’s only been about seven months since the rebooted version 2 release and transition from Office 365 to PowerBI.com and Power BI Desktop. Since that time, Gartner has moved Microsoft to a leading position on the Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms. Like a young, prized race horse sprinting to the lead from the center of the pack; Power BI is being taken seriously and bigger players are considering the right timing to place bets.
Reporting Services 2016 Unplugged
In SQL Server 2016, my favorite report tools get some love with a few cool new features including, a little polish added to a few existing features, and a complete Report Portal overhaul. Reporting Services reached a certain maturity as a rock-solid reporting platform somewhere just after 2008 - or at least it got past puberty. Most report developers would agree, the versions that followed SQL Server 2008 R2 were more like a midlife crisis for the product, because the feature set stalled for about five years. The latest version is not a complete product rebirth by any means, but it is a good indication Reporting Services is not headed for retirement any time soon; it now plays an important role in the larger Microsoft reporting ecosystem. Instead of rehashing other information posted about new and upcoming features, I’ll share my experience thus far with the latest community technical preview (CTP 3.2) and some insights from the product developers. As with any preliminary software build, your experience may differ.
Datazen Mobile Dashboards with Analysis Services and Drill-through 1
Use Datazen with Analysis Services and MDX queries to create fast and effective mobile dashboard solutions. You can use drill-through actions to navigate to details and pass selections from one dashboard to another.
Are You Ready For Power BI? 2

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

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