Warren Thornthwaite

Build a Simple ETL System with SSIS 5
How do you use SSIS to build an ETL system to populate a data warehouse? Here's your primer on basic package design and construction.
Modeling Myths
Dimensional modeling helps us consistently give business users the usability and performance they need. But misconceptions about dimensional modeling often trip people up.
Dimensional Modeling Basics
SQL Server 2005--and especially Analysis Services 2005--embraces industry-standard dimensional modeling like a long-lost friend. Learn how you can build dimensions that realistically represent how your business operates and change with your business.

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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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