Tyler Chessman


Tyler Chessman is a technology specialist for Microsoft, helping customers evaluate and adopt Microsoft's business intelligence (BI) platform. He's the author of the book Understanding the United States Debt (CreateSpace).

How to Dramatically Decrease Data Warehouse Load Times with Memory-Optimized Tables 6


Recently, I needed to optimize a nightly batch process for a SQL Server data warehouse that involved loading over 250,000 flat files.  With a bit of experimentation and research, I was able to decrease the overall load time from 14 hours to under 15 minutes.  To do so, I used:

  • something old - the T-SQL BULK INSERT command,

  • something new - Memory-Optimized tables in SQL Server 2014, and

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Integrating Hadoop with SQL Server
Get a real-world example of how to combine the strengths of Hadoop with SQL Server to make a data professional's job easier and more efficient.
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Hadoop Basics
At a high-level, Hadoop has two key components made up of Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) and Map Reduce.
Loading QWI Data from the U.S. Census Bureau into Hadoop
Step-by-step instructions on how to download U.S. Census Burearu Quarterly Workforce Indicator data files into a Hadoop cluster.
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Improving Hive Performance
Similar to SQL Server, Hive has a number of performance-related features.
Session 1: Understanding the Power BI Components 

Running Time: 88 minutes |

Walking through an end-to-end example, you'll learn how Power BI starts in Excel (Power Query, PowerPivot, Power View, and Power Map) and extends to Office 365 to allow organization to share and collaborate BI solutions.

Session 2: Power BI for Office 365 Administration 

Running Time: 79 minutes |

We'll install and configure Office 365 on the desktop, then setup and configure a new Power BI for Office 365 tenant. This session will also cover the Power BI for Office 365 licensing and site provisioning requirements.

Session 3: Data Integration 

Running Time: 80 minutes |

Power BI for Office 365 can tap into both cloud and on premise data sources. We'll walk through the setup and configuration of the Data Management Gateway (used for on premise connectivity), review the role of the data steward, and discuss future integration capabilities.

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Connecting to an Oracle Database from SQL Server and Microsoft BI Tools
Learn how to connect to an Oracle database from SQL Server and Microsoft business intelligence (BI) tools.
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Installing an Oracle Database for Testing Purposes
If you don't have an Oracle database to use for testing purposes,consider a pre-built developer virtual machine (VM) that's already installed and configured.
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Oracle Data Provider for .NET (ODP.NET)
For pure .NET application development, there's a new provider from Oracle that you might want to consider: Oracle Data Provider for .NET (ODP.NET).
Introducing Microsoft Power Map
Microsoft's latest self-service business intelligence tool helps users visualize geographic information using 2D and 3D maps.
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Introducing Microsoft Power Query
With Power Query, end users can easily gather, refine, and combine data from both public and private data sources.
Understanding Time Series Forecasting Concepts 1
With an understanding of the key concepts in time series forecasting and exposure to some of the underlying details, you'll be in a better position to start using the forecasting capabilities in SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS).
Understanding PowerPivot and Power View in Microsoft Excel 2013 2
Microsoft Excel 2013 is a big step forward with respect to business intelligence. The native integration of PowerPivot and Power View provides a whole new level of scalability and functionality.

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Nov 3, 2015

Climb the Steps Toward Data Quality Success

Melissa Data's Data Quality Analyst Joseph Vertido explains how Gartner defines the critical data quality steps to prevent bad data from entering your systems in the first place, and then keep it clean over time....More
Sep 29, 2015

Data Breaches and Insider Threats

I’ll sound a bit like Captain Obvious for bringing this up, but it’s important to remember that security encompasses a lot more than protecting sensitive data from the specter of outsider threats like hackers. Properly implemented security policies also account for threat-models that include insiders – or people within your organization....More
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
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