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Aug 20, 2011

How Can SQL Server Denali Columnstore Indexes Help Your BI Solution?

In the world of data warehouse specific databases, column-oriented databases (as opposed to the classic row-based databases) are becoming very....More
Aug 03, 2011

Master Data Services in SQL Server Denali - Preview in CTP3

Here is a quick peek at some of the enhancements to Master Data Services (MDS) in SQL Server Denali as of CTP3....More
Jul 21, 2011

Shortening Load Times in SQL Server DWs

The struggle to separate operational reporting against an ODS or a reporting schema from BI reporting against a data warehouse continues to confound....More
Jul 01, 2011

All the Pieces: Microsoft Cloud BI Pieces, Part 5 (FINAL 5 of 5)

A look into the future of Microsoft Cloud BI: SQL Server Data Mining in the Cloud, BI 3.0: Social BI and Cloud BI in SQL Server 2012....More
Jun 01, 2011

All the Pieces: Microsoft Cloud BI Pieces, Part 4

Learn to to deploy Microsoft Cloud business intelligence (BI) dashboards solely in the cloud, via Microsoft’s Azure platform....More
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May 12, 2011

All the Pieces: Microsoft Cloud BI Pieces, Part 3

An examination of the new Azure Reporting Services CTP (beta) that enables SSRS-like reporting services in the cloud with Windows Azure and SQL Azure....More
Apr 17, 2011

All the Pieces: Microsoft Cloud BI Pieces, Part 2

Learn to perform some erforming some ad-hoc analysis on a SQL Azure cloud database with PowerPivot....More
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Apr 02, 2011

All the Pieces: Microsoft Cloud BI Pieces, Part 1

Learn to build a cloud business intelligences (BI) solution using only Microsoft technologies from SQL Server, Azure, and Office....More
Mar 08, 2011

What is PowerPivot for Excel Doing Under the Hood?

For those of you who have been long-time or experienced modelers in SQL Server Analysis Services and have used UDM with MDX, you may want to begin....More
Feb 10, 2011

The Microsoft Cloud BI Story, Dateline February 20115

by Mark Kromer Here we are in February 2011 and I thought it might make sense in the SQL Mag BI Blog to take stock of where Microsoft is at in terms....More
Jan 27, 2011

Exploiting PowerPivot & PerformancePoint Services Synergies

Derek shows you how and more importantly why you should consider extending PowerPivot's value with PPS....More
Jan 26, 2011

30 Days with SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW)

Derek kicks off a new series on spending 30 days with SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse....More
Jan 24, 2011

Harvesting BI Continuum Synergies: Enablement & Empowerment

Derek discusses enabled and empowered business intelligence solutions....More
Jan 23, 2011

Refreshing your Business Intelligence Knowledge2

Derek provides a list of excellent recent books that are useful for staying current in the DW/BI industry....More
Jan 21, 2011

Plan your Data Warehouse from Top Down

by Mark Kromer Several years ago I started employing a systematic technique on business intelligence and data warehouse projects that we felt did a....More

Mark Kromer

Mark Kromer is Microsoft Sr. Program Manager in Azure IM team. Previously: PM, director, manager & architect in the business intelligence, data warehouse and Big Data world for over 20...

Jen Underwood

  Jen Underwood, founder of Impact Analytix, LLC, has 20 years of experience in “hands-on” development of data warehouses, hybrid data integration, reporting, dashboards, and...
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