Business Intelligence http://sqlmag.com/taxonomy/term/9179/more en Creating Forward-Looking KPIs http://sqlmag.com/analysis/creating-forward-looking-kpis <div class="node-body article-body"><h1>Creating a Forward-Looking KPI</h1> <p>Much of our organizational reporting today looks only at the past. It show us what happened in the past month, most recently completed quarter, or year-to-date. This information has value, but in many cases it would have more value if it would help us look to the future. Often, when decision makers look at past information, they use it to estimate a likely future state.</p> <p>For example, a CFO looking at the following chart and assume that $2.676M represents &frac34; of his total fiscal year sales:</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/analysis/creating-forward-looking-kpis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/analysis/creating-forward-looking-kpis#comments Analysis Business Intelligence KPI SQL Server Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:59:00 +0000 25181 at http://sqlmag.com How to Dramatically Decrease Data Warehouse Load Times with Memory-Optimized Tables http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-integration-services/how-dramatically-decrease-data-warehouse-load-times-memory-optimized <div class="field-byline"> Tyler C. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><strong>Introduction</strong></p> <p>Recently, I needed to optimize a nightly batch process for a SQL Server data warehouse that involved loading over 250,000 flat files. &nbsp;With a bit of experimentation and research, I was able to decrease the overall load time from 14 hours to under 15 minutes.&nbsp; To do so, I used:</p> <ul> <li> <p>something <em>old</em> - the T-SQL BULK INSERT command,</p> </li> <li> <p>something <em>new</em> - Memory-Optimized tables in SQL Server 2014, and</p></li></ul></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-integration-services/how-dramatically-decrease-data-warehouse-load-times-memory-optimized" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-integration-services/how-dramatically-decrease-data-warehouse-load-times-memory-optimized#comments SQL Server Integration Services Memory Optimized Tables Performance SSIS warehouse Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:03:00 +0000 24681 at http://sqlmag.com Power BI Preview Gaining Market Momentum http://sqlmag.com/blog/power-bi-preview-gaining-market-momentum <div class="node-body blog-body">As summer nears, the Power BI Preview is making bigger waves with every weekly release. Popular data sources and a plethora of Power BI Designer enhancements are being released at light speed pace. Check out the highlights on what has been released and what we might see next.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/sql-server-bi-blog">SQL Server BI Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/power-bi-preview-gaining-market-momentum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/power-bi-preview-gaining-market-momentum#comments Power BI Business Intelligence Professional Cloud BI Cloud BI Mobile BI Mobile BI Power BI Power BI self-service BI self-service BI SQL Server BI Blog Wed, 03 Jun 2015 07:50:00 +0000 24671 at http://sqlmag.com <p><span>New&nbsp;Power BI Designer,&nbsp;a free desktop data discovery tool that unifies the &ldquo;power&rdquo; tools: Power Query for self-service ETL and data prep, Power Pivot for sophisticated data modeling and Power View for drag-and-drop visualization into one streamlined user experience.</span></p> What is Coming in SQL Server 2016 for Business Intelligence http://sqlmag.com/blog/what-coming-sql-server-2016-business-intelligence <div class="node-body blog-body">Over the past few years we did not hear anything from Microsoft about SQL Server on-premises business intelligence enhancements. The extended cricket-chirping silence left us speculating about the future of Reporting Services, Analysis Services and other key technologies that are being used today to power critical decision making solutions. Good news, the waiting and wondering is over. Microsoft recently announced significant SQL Server on-premises upgrades for business intelligence in numerous presentations at both //build and Ignite conferences. </div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/sql-server-bi-blog">SQL Server BI Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/what-coming-sql-server-2016-business-intelligence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/what-coming-sql-server-2016-business-intelligence#comments Business Intelligence Analysis Services Analysis Services Business Intelligence Professional Master Data Services Master Data Services predictive analytics predictive analytics Reporting Services Reporting Services SQL Server 2016 SQL Server Integration Services SQL Server Integration Services SQL Server BI Blog Wed, 03 Jun 2015 06:24:00 +0000 24661 at http://sqlmag.com <p>Evolution of SQL Server continues</p> Getting Started with Datazen, Microsoft’s New Mobile Dashboard Platform http://sqlmag.com/business-intelligence/getting-started-datazen-microsoft-s-new-mobile-dashboard-platform <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft Datazen is a robust, enterprise-scale server-hosted mobile dashboard platform that works on every mobile platform – the iPad and iPhone, Windows desktop, tablet and phone, Android devices and HTML5 with full fidelity. To use Datazen, you don’t need SharePoint, a cloud subscription, Office or any other software.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/business-intelligence/getting-started-datazen-microsoft-s-new-mobile-dashboard-platform" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/business-intelligence/getting-started-datazen-microsoft-s-new-mobile-dashboard-platform#comments Business Intelligence Business Intelligence Professional Dashboard design DataZen Developer Mobile BI Tue, 26 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000 24591 at http://sqlmag.com Setting Up a Datazen Server http://sqlmag.com/business-intelligence/setting-datazen-server <div class="field-deck"> Datazen Mobile dashboards - Part 2 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In this article, second in the series, we setup the Datazen server in preparation for designing basic dashboards in Part 3. Later on, we’ll explore advanced designs and dashboard interactions using parameters and drill-through navigation. If you haven’t already, read the first article to understand the server components and tools you’ll need to get started.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/business-intelligence/setting-datazen-server" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/business-intelligence/setting-datazen-server#comments Business Intelligence Business Intelligence Business Intelligence Professional DataZen Developer Mobile BI Mobile dashboard Tue, 26 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000 24601 at http://sqlmag.com Effective Data Visualization - The Eradication of Ruler Reports http://sqlmag.com/reporting/effective-data-visualization-eradication-ruler-reports <div class="node-body article-body"><h2>Effective Data Visualization &ndash; The Eradication of Ruler Reports</h2> <p>I once had an efficiency consultant tell me that he went into an office looking for a ruler left out on someone&rsquo;s desk. This was a sure sign that person received one or more reports that were so large and so complex, it was necessary to lay a ruler across the report in order to read it properly. These &ldquo;ruler reports&rdquo; were the first candidates to be redesigned and replaced.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/reporting/effective-data-visualization-eradication-ruler-reports" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/reporting/effective-data-visualization-eradication-ruler-reports#comments Reporting data visualization guidelines Thu, 30 Apr 2015 20:42:00 +0000 24071 at http://sqlmag.com SSAS Tabular-Part 3: Tabular Model Administration http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-analysis-services/ssas-tabular-part-3-tabular-model-administration <div class="field-byline"> Paul Turley </div> <div class="field-deck"> Four-part series </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>This is the third article in the four part series about designing SSAS Tabular models.&nbsp; In this article you will learn how to manage and secure a deployed model on the server.</em></p> <p>Part 1 - <a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/starting-your-modeling-career-analysis-services-tabular-models-part-1" target="_blank">Getting Started with SSAS Tabular</a></p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-analysis-services/ssas-tabular-part-3-tabular-model-administration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> SQL Server 2012 SQL Server Analysis Services Analysis Services Tabular Business Intelligence Professional DAX Tabular models Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:22:00 +0000 24021 at http://sqlmag.com SSAS Tabular-Part 4: Deep Dive DAX http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-analysis-services/ssas-tabular-part-4-deep-dive-dax <div class="field-byline"> Paul Turley </div> <div class="field-deck"> Four-part series </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>This is the fourth and final article in the four part series about designing SSAS Tabular models.&nbsp; We go deeper into the DAX language to define more advanced measures and KPIs.</em></p> <p>Part 1 - <a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/starting-your-modeling-career-analysis-services-tabular-models-part-1" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0066cc">Getting Started with SSAS Tabular</font></u></a></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-analysis-services/ssas-tabular-part-4-deep-dive-dax" target="_blank">read more</a></p> SQL Server 2012 SQL Server Analysis Services Analysis Services Tabular Business Intelligence Professional DAX Tabular models Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:22:00 +0000 24121 at http://sqlmag.com PASS Business Analytics Conference 2015: Day 2 http://sqlmag.com/analysis/pass-business-analytics-conference-2015-day-2 <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The PASS Business Analytics Conference 2015 is for Data Analysts, Data Scientists and Data Engineers who work primarily within the Microsoft set of tools, whether locally or on Azure. Today was the end of the second and final data of the conference. It was a very interesting event. I posted of my experience on the <a href="http://sqlmag.com/analysis/pass-business-analytics-conference-2015-day-1">first day here</a>. Day two was just as interesting.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/analysis/pass-business-analytics-conference-2015-day-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/analysis/pass-business-analytics-conference-2015-day-2#comments Analysis Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:47:00 +0000 24011 at http://sqlmag.com https://www.flickr.com/photos/passevents/sets/72157652025595465/