Warren Thornthwaite

Warren
Thornthwaite
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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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Mar 14, 2015
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For Data Quality, Intelligent Rules Add Value to the Golden Record 4

The quest for the Golden Record to achieve a single, accurate and complete version of a customer record is worth the pursuit to attain survivorship. Record matching and consolidation are only the beginning. Melissa Data takes a new approach. Learn how to apply intelligent rules based on reference data to make smarter and better decisions for data cleansing....More
Mar 12, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 20: Avoiding Backup Fragmentation

On SQL Servers where Availability Groups (or Mirroring) isn’t in play, I typically recommend keeping a combination of on-box backups along with copying said backups off-box as well. Obviously, keeping databases AND backups on the SAME server is the metaphorical equivalent of putting all of your eggs in one basket – and therefore something you should avoid like the plague....More
Mar 6, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 19: Availability Group Database Backups

One of the biggest strengths of AlwaysOn Availability Groups is that they allow DBAs to address both high availability and disaster recovery concerns from a single set of tooling or interfaces. But, this doesn’t mean that you won’t still need backups....More
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