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    Oct 21, 2013

    Building Real-World Microsoft BI Dashboards Today 10

    I know all the Microsoft buzz is about Power BI and Excel these days, but customers need real-world, professional business intelligence solutions that meet their complex real world requirements today....More
  • Apr 27, 2012

    Report Builder and Tabular Model Databases

    Here is an easy way to leverage your existing skills in traditional SQL Server reporting tools with the new Tabular Mode of SQL Server Analysis Services to get started taking advantage of the xVelocity in-memory analytics engine (VertiPaq) without needing to go through a SharePoint configuration....More
  • Aug 3, 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
  • Aug 10, 2010

    I'm Curious. Did You Ever Use Google Wave?

    Now that Now that Google has announced that it's going to shut down their end-all, be-all collaboration tool known as Google Wave, some questions came up for me......More
  • Aug 2, 2010

    Light-up Your Dashboards with Silverlight 1

    by Mark Kromer There are many advantages to making business intelligence dashboards with scorecards, graphs and trends that sparkle and have visually compelling elements. It makes your BI solution more accessible to all audiences, it makes them more interesting to use, increasing adoption, it can help to highlight the important areas from mounds of data and, hey, they look cool! Below is an example from a Microsoft BI customer called Jettainer, who uses the entire Microsoft SQL Server and .NET stack and utilized Silverlight as part of their enterprise dashboard strategies to generate very impressive solutions. Derek and I are going to take a couple of weeks in this blog to begin outlying ways in which you can leverage SQL Server, Silverlight, SharePoint and a few third-party components to make exciting visualizations of your Microsoft BI solutions that can be displayed on different form factors from laptops to mobile devices. Let’s start simple today, with a little background on Silverlight and the new Microsoft Silverlight PivotViewer control. Silverlight is Microsoft’s visualization platform technology that allows developers to build applications that include some of the cool factor elements that had previously been only available to Macromedia developers including vector graphics, transforms, transitions and embedded video, just to name a few. Silverlight PivotViewer (sample pic below) is new from Microsoft and is a free downloadable component from Microsoft that allows developers to organize and display mass amounts of data from data collections. We’ll walk you through how to use Silverlight components, including PivotViewer to make exciting dashboards on laptop screens as well as mobile. But let’s establish a few guiding principals for this series first: 1. We are going to assume that you are not a pure application or web developer and are much more interested in building BI solutions and BI dashboards 2. What this means to me, is that you need the...More

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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
Sep 1, 2015

Stop Using INFORMATION_SCHEMA and SysObjects for Exists Checks 3

Code like this isn’t optimal: IF EXISTS(SELECT * FROM sys.objects WHERE name = N'TableToDrop' AND type = 'U')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Neither is this: IF EXISTS(SELECT TABLE_NAME FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES WHERE TABLE_NAME = 'TableToDrop')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Yet, I see both of those used all of the time – over and over again. Even though it’s 2015.  ...More
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