Tyler Chessman

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).

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How to Dramatically Decrease Data Warehouse Load Times with Memory-Optimized Tables 5

Introduction

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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A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups

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
Aug 19, 2015
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Looking forward to Containers

Virtualization has long been a staple when it comes to computing. In essence, virtualization is really just the use of abstraction to make things either easier to manage or more fault-tolerant. Disks, for example, have long been virtualized in the sense that a single, physical, can easily be divided up into multiple logical (or virtual) volumes (or drives) just as easily as a number of discreet physical disks can also be virtualized into a single drive (via RAID) – which can further be partitioned into volumes, LUNs, and so....More
Jul 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 29: Practical Implementation Tips

My initial goal in writing this series of posts was to outline some of the concerns surrounding Availability Groups (AGs) and SQL Server Agent Jobs – and call out how there is virtually no guidance from Microsoft on this front and then detail some of the pitfalls and options available for tackling this problem domain. I initially expected this series of posts to have between 25 and 30 posts – according to some of the early outlines I created ‘way back when’....More
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