Tomaz Kastrun is a BI developer at Studio Moderna in Slovenia. He focuses on data mining and programming in SQL and .NET. He's an active member of several SQL forums, and he blogs about query optimization.
Using the import/export and data transfer methods provided in SQL Server and SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) can take a lot of time, so they're not very efficient when you have to transfer only small amounts of data. Rather than manually creating the needed INSERT INTO statements, here's a stored procedure that can automatically create them for you.
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