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Regular Columnist: Phil Factor

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The SSAS Tabular Model

Phil Factor examines SQL Server 2012's SSAS Tabular model.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2013/10/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: analysis services (ssas)
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Competence trumps a good cultural fit

Phil Factor reflects on how the people who made the industry great, in the past, were often eccentric, rebellious, odd, truculent, but all blessed with the gift of creating wonderful software. Today, such people would struggle to get pass the first interview.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2013/09/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Lossy data and incorrect data

Your copier could change data when creating an image. Phil Factor has some words of caution.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2013/08/14 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Some Relevant PowerShell Books

Phil Factor leafs through a few of his PowerShell books in his library, and considers which are his favorites  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2013/07/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Can SQL Server do ‘Big’?

Can SQL Server scale? Phil Factor has a few thoughts on the capacities that SQL Server can scale to.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2013/09/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Flying high on the Big Data hot-air

Today Phil Factor talks about Big Data, and all the hype that's in the news.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2013/07/30 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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How to understand NoSQL Databases

Today we have a guest editorial from Phil Factor that looks at NoSQL databases.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2013/07/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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When Windows don’t provide illumination

Microsoft through its various GUIs tries hard to "protect" users from SQL, but Phil Factor argues that we don't need protection from code. We just need a better way to "document" the syntax.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2013/06/10 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Data Science Sanity Checks

Phil Factor on three "sanity checks" that any data scientist must perform in order to prevent businesses from interpreting data analysis errors, or fraudulent activity, as real trends.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2013/05/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Bad Data Costs Lives

Either data is right or it is wrong. There is no in-between. Phil Factor examines a recent scandal that hit the health care system in the UK to highlight why it's so important that we, as data professionals, ensure responsible use of data and respect for data quality.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2013/04/15 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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NoSQL: Are you ready to compromise with security

Before adopting NoSQL for a commercial application that needs consistency and durability, you need to be satisfied that the product actually provides all those niceties that the user of relational database systems take for granted.   Read more...
By Phil Factor 2013/04/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Cloud Services. Waiting for the 'paint to dry'?

Despite recent 'outages', The canny CIO will make use of the obvious advantages of public cloud services where it risks neither security or availability. Adoption of the Cloud services and platforms is going to be most effective where the Cloud’s advantages of rapid scalability can be harnessed.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2013/03/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Not Pulling the Plug Out

Phil Factor on his renewed appreciation for the "customer-focused" culture of the Data Platform Group at Microsoft  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2013/01/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Data Scientist

Phil Factor on why Data Science is about much more than just clever visualizations and big data.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2013/01/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: data science
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'At-Rest Data-Leakage': The Euphemism

If you let working drives leave the building in a readable state, you’re unintentionally in the publishing business.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2012/12/31 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The SQL Server Pro Awards

Phil Factor is pleasantly surprised by the SQL Server Pro awards, and talks about the thinking behind Down Tools Week.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2012/11/23 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Small Print

In today's guest editorial, Phil Factor issues a stark warning against cunning salesmen and hidden costs in cloud computing.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2012/11/21 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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A Tool for the Job

Phil Factor is puzzled by reading how difficult a relatrional database is to use for certain tasks.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2012/11/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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A Tale of Broken BI

Graphs and charts are dangerous in the wrong hands, and if built on data that is carelessly gathered will mislead as often as they lead. Phil Factor speaks from hard experience.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2012/10/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com
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Your Password has Failed the Test

Your data is in the public domain and as a DBA you need to be very familiar with what it is possible for the sinner to do with a handy password, and how easily that sinner can get hold of it.  Read more...
By Phil Factor 2012/10/08 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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