Moving data from columns to rows can be a tricky task and accomplished in a variety of ways. That may be through a series of unions in T-SQL, but that’s just ugly and means lots of passes at the data potentially. You could use a T-SQL unpivot, which isn’t bad… Read more
I recently did a presentation and discussed some techniques for monitoring the performance of your business intelligence stack. I will be doing 3 additional posts that go into a little more detail and contain screenshots of how to monitor each BI tool with some step by step instructions. Be on… Read more
I recently celebrated my 5 year anniversary at Pragmatic Works. Boy, how time flies by. It feels like just the other day that I was a store manager for Blockbuster while going to school and living in a small apartment with a buddy who had just moved back from Orlando.… Read more
Updated 10-16-2014 at 11:20 AM Eastern
Yesterday I presented about Change Data Capture for the Pragmatic Works Free Training on the T’s. I covered the basics of what Change Data Capture (CDC) is and showed how to use it. We had a good turn out, so thank you to everyone… Read more
Yesterday I presented about Change Data Capture for the Pragmatic Works Free Training on the T’s. I covered the basics of what Change Data Capture (CDC) is and showed how to use it. We had a good turn out, so thank you to everyone that attended. If you were unable… Read more
Have you ever wanted to find out if someone is logged into a computer or maybe who is logged into a computer without having to remote in to check? Recently I was working on a project doing some SharePoint work using 3 accounts: Admin/Install, Farm and Service. The work I… Read more
SharePoint uses a series of SQL Server databases to save configuration information, security setups and all the user data that has been created. The Central Administration site is no different and has its own content database that is created when running the SharePoint configuration wizard. Unfortunately, unlike when creating service… Read more
One thing that on occasion bugs me about PDW or APS or whatever it happens to be called this week is the lack of a UI to do things. I’m not one of those people who has to have a UI to perform operations. I have no problem creating databases,… Read more
I recently presented a free webinar for Pragmatic Works Free Training on the T’s about Getting Started With Analysis Services. We covered some of the differences between the two project types at a high level then built one of each to give everyone an idea of how difficult and how… Read more
I often do my SharePoint setups on virtual machines since I need to build them up and tear them down frequently. Hyper-V is a beauty when it comes to demo environments. A few weeks ago I was doing an install and got an error that was absolutely no help.
[error]Microsoft… Read more
I recently presented a free webinar for Pragmatic Works Free Training on the T’s about new Business Intelligence features in SharePoint 2013. If you attended I want to say thank you. It’s always a fun time presenting and the audience is always a lot of fun to interact with before… Read more
If you read my 2013 Year In Review you may be here today wondering why I haven’t posted anything despite my stated desire to blog more over the next year. Well, it’s not because I’m waiting until after the new year or anything like that….well, not that may sound a… Read more
It’s time for another free webinar!!
Whether you like it or not SharePoint is here to stay! With every release of SQL Server or SharePoint (which follow different release cycles) the feature set for Business Intelligence professionals gets more fragmented and more complicated. If I want to get Feature A… Read more
Come get your learn on with Pragmatic Works and myself! In January I’ll be dropping some knowledge about change data capture and how to consume it with SSIS. CDC is one of the features I wish more of my clients were leveraging. It makes doing incremental loads dramatically more simplified.… Read more
Ok, so it’s not quite the end of the year yet. I figured I would get a head start on things. Who says that this type of post has to come on January 1st though? Well here goes. Let’s talk a little bit about what has happened in the last… Read more
A couple of weeks ago I did two webinars for the Pragmatic Works Free Training on The T’s. The first was a session on how to load a data warehouse with SSIS. The followup session was about getting started with SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS). You can find the link… Read more
I’m not going to sugar coat it. I’ve been a bit of a slacker lately. Unfortunately I didn’t get the Q&A for my two webinars up the week I did the presentations. So here is part 1 and the SSAS post will be separate. To start with, thank you for… Read more
There could be a number of reasons why you would want to change the default view on a SharePoint library. Perhaps you created a new view and want to make it the default. Maybe you created a PowerPivot library and don’t have Silverlight installed. The list could go on. Luckily… Read more
Thank you to everyone who attended my webinar on SSIS Tips and Tricks on October 3, 2013. The link to the recording can be found here. You can also check out all the Pragmatic Works Free Training videos here.
I had several people ask about PASS Summit. So… Read more
Being able to manage the content types in your SharePoint libraries is key to creating a useful portal. Among the necessary content types are those associated with SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). If you create a new document library and want to add the ability to create data sources, reports… Read more