Randy Holloway is the director of systems development for Growing Family. He also speaks about technology-related topics, including Web services and Microsoft .NET architecture, and is a contributor to several software-development magazines.
As a major new release of SQL Server, Yukon presents an opportunity for developers and DBAs to use their existing skills while taking advantage of powerful new .NET capabilities such as CLR-based code, rich UDF data types, and security enhancements.
Power Pivot and other self-service BI tools are not a replacement for a data mart or data warehouse. When used correctly for Personal BI, Team BI, prototypes or proofs-of-concept, you can achieve truly agile, rapid reporting success with Excel Power Pivot....More
Recently, I've been working with a consulting client to help them tame CPU usage. Typically, they're clocking over 20,000 queries and operations per second on their e-commerce SQL Server, but ran into an issue where CPU started spiking up above 90 percent for sustained periods of time....More