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Mark Kromer

Mark Kromer has been a technical product manager & solution architect in business intelligence, data warheouse and Big Data world for over 20 years for Microsoft, Oracle and AT&T, currently for Pentaho. Twitter: @mssqldude

in SQL Server BI Blog Oct 29, 2013

Old BI vs. New BI

A very common reference to business intelligence approaches has emerged, comparing "old BI" to "new BI."....More

Beta for New Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Announced

LightSwitch is a developer tool based on .NET that “will be the easiest way to build business applications for the desktop and the cloud,” according to Microsoft....More
in L.E.A.P Think Jul 31, 2012

What would the world look like if businesses led a purpose driven life rather than focusing solely on shareholder value?

Many books exhort you to live a purpose driven life. But the notion of trying to lead a purpose driven business is rarely discussed outside faith based organizations. In fact, companies, along with officers and directors of the company, are often sued for doing anything other than worrying about maximizing shareholder value. Scot’s....More

Michael Otey

Michael Otey, technical director for Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Pro, is president of TECA, a software-development and consulting company in Portland, Oregon. Michael has covered the topic of virtualization extensively for Windows IT Pro, having written several...

in SQL SELECT Blog Nov 05, 2014

SQL PASS Summit 2014 Day One Keynote

Highlights from the PASS Summit 2014 day one keynote....More

Paul S. Randal

Paul Randal worked on Microsoft's SQL Server team for nine years in development and management roles, writing many of the DBCC commands. Randal was ultimately responsible for SQL Server 2008's core storage engine. Randal now works as a consultant, trainer, speaker, and writer...

Recovering a database with a missing transaction log

Usually when a database has open transactions and the server crashes, crash recovery will run on the affected database and roll back the open transactions....More

Kimberly L. Tripp

Kimberly L. Tripp has been working with SQL Server since 1990, and she’s worked as a consultant, trainer, speaker, and writer specializing in core SQL Server ...

What about moving LOB data while keeping the table online?

Moving LOB data associated with a table isn't simple—even with the SQL Server 2012 ability to rebuild indexes that include LOB data as an online operation. The key reason is the behavior of LOB data during these operations....More

Jen Underwood

 

Jen Underwood, Microsoft Sr. Program Manager, has almost 20 years of experience in data warehousing, business intelligence, and predictive analytics. She was formerly a Microsoft Business Intelligence Technical...

in SQL Server BI Blog Jun 20, 2014

Microsoft Cloud Predictive Analytics Preview Coming Soon

A preview of Azure Machine Learning, or Azure ML (project code name "Passau"), will be made publicly available in July 2014....More

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Feb 11, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 17: Creating Jobs to Check on Synchronization

In my previous post, I provided a high-level outline of the core logic (and rationale behind that logic) that would be needed to set up regular synchronization checks on SQL Server Agent Jobs for servers where AlwaysOn Availability Groups have been deployed. In this post, I’ll walk through the steps--and the code--needed to setup those checks....More
Jan 22, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 18: Health Checks for Availability Groups

Now that we’ve outlined the process to let servers in a SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group "talk to each other" by means of setting up linked servers, it’s possible to set up some additional or improved checks on Availability Group Health....More
Dec 16, 2014
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Eight SQL Server Signs the Illuminati Exist 1

Make no mistake about it, the signs that the Illuminati exist are all around us. You can find their markings on our buildings, on our currency and even in our music videos. That’s right, they’re everywhere!...More
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