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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

10/29/2013 - 11:57pm

Old BI vs. New BI

A very common reference to business intelligence approaches has emerged, comparing "old BI" to "new BI."....More
in The SQL Server Pro Blog Archive 08/03/2010 - 10:39am

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 07/31/2012 - 11:56am

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 06/20/2014 (All day)

Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Moves Predictive Analytics into the Cloud

Find out about Microsoft's new Azure Machine Learning Predictive Analytics....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...

07/31/2012 - 10:58am

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 ...

04/03/2012 - 4:21pm

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, Founder and Principal Consultant at Impact Analytix, has almost 20 years of experience in data warehousing, business intelligence, and predictive analytics. She is a former Global Microsoft SQL Server Technical Product Manager, Data Platform Technology Evangelist, and a long time...

06/20/2014 - 5:47pm

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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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 6: High-Level Options and Rationale for Handling Batch Jobs

There are a couple of options for how we could handle batch jobs when Availability Groups are thrown into the mix....More
Sep 12, 2014
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Managing a Healthy SQL Server Database: Three Principles We Overlook

In managing a database or sometimes numerous databases, we often get caught up in the day-to-day maintenance and lose sight of the other principles we know are critical to ensuring optimal performance. Here’s a quick refresher....More
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Sep 9, 2014
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 5: Setting Up Failover Alerts

Alerts represent a great way to take a proactive stance on being notified or alerted when something ugly, potentially ugly, or important happens on a SQL Server. On most servers that I manage, I typically deploy a whole bevy of different alerts....More
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