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.

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.
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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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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