SSRS Farm Overview
Building a SSRS farm will require Enterprise or Business Intelligence editions of SQL Server for versions 2012 and 2014. SQL Server allows for the deployment of 2 or more servers running SQL Server Reporting Services to increase the performance of your reporting environment.
SSRS stores its data… Read more
T-SQL Random Numbers using RAND()
SQL Server includes the T-SQL RAND() function to create a random value between 0 and 1 of float datatype. To create a random number execute Select Rand(), in my example it returned .0131039082850364. If I wanted to always return the same number I can… Read more
SQL Server T-SQL coalesce simplifies the use of a case statement to find the first non-null value of your expression. For example, I want to return the products in the AdventureWorks sample database and show the SellEndDate if it exists or the SellStartDate if the SellEndDate is null. Read more
Row_Number SQL Server
SQL Server includes several Ranking Functions that can be called in T-SQL. One of these is the Row_Number() function. You can use this function to return a sequential number in your result set that begins at 1.
There are 2 arguments that can be passed into the… Read more
SQL Server in Azure
You can create and leverage cloud based SQL Server instances using Microsoft Azure. However, if you have never used the Azure portal it can be a bit challenging to get started. This post will show you how the steps required to create an Azure SQL Server… Read more
SQL Server Management Studio Reports
Whether you are an Application, SQL, BI Developer or a DBA. Knowing what is occurring within your database is critical to the performance of your applications. One tool you can leverage to see what is happening are the built in reports in SSMS. SQL Server… Read more
Why Use a SQL Server Table Partition
Next week I will be in Seattle for the 2014 SQL Pass Summit event. If you are involved in projects that leverage the Microsoft SQL Server stack this is a great conference to attend. If this is your first time going and would like some tips on making the most… Read more
Using TABLESAMPLE in SQL Server
SQL Server has several ways for you to limit the number of records returned from a query. For example, the AdventureWorks [sales].[salesorderdetail] table has 121,317 rows loaded in sequential order starting with SalesOrderDetailID 1. By Using a top 1000 clause I can limit the results… Read more
Use SQL Server Checksum in Data Warehousing
When building data warehouses you often need a fast way to know if the data in the warehouse is different from the incoming source data. One method to do this is to create a SQL Server CHECKSUM column in the data warehouse table…
Common Table Expresseion (CTE)
A common table expression (CTE) is a derived table that is defined and only stored for the duration of the query. CTE’s can be used for recursive queries, creating a view on demand and referencing the same table multiple times in the same query. CTE’s make… Read more
SQL Server 2014 Cardinality Estimator
Schema on Read vs Schema on Write in Business Intelligence
When starting build out a new BI strategy. There are more options now than ever before. Gone are the days of just creating a massive star or snowflake schema to store THE data warehouse. In today’s business, you need to… Read more
Business Intelligence Strategy
A business intelligence strategy is used to determine where an organization is and where they are going with their BI implementation. To start building an effective business intelligence strategy requires taking an objective look at your organizations BI capabilities including data, technology and people.
When you… Read more
SQL Server Keyboard Shortcuts for Management Studio
SQL Server Management Studio is filled with lots of optional settings that lets you maximize your development experience. There are a few helpful settings and shortcut keys that will help you get the most out of the tool while working on database activities.… Read more
How Business Intelligence Can Help
Effective business intelligence starts with questions that will help your organization make better decisions. For example, an Electrical Utility provider may be asking how to better understand its customer usage patterns for the next 1-6 months. An insurance provider may be asking how to look… Read more
Regardless of the type of development (application or reporting) that you are performing on SQL Server. There are 5 items within SQL Server that I consistently use to help me design and troubleshoot solutions.
SP_Who is a system stored procedure that returns information on what is currently running on… Read more
Azure HDInsight Overview
HDInsight is a cloud based implementation hosted in the Microsoft Azure cloud. It enables you to quickly create, expand and delete a Hadoop cluster installation as your project dictates. For organizations just beginning to see how Big Data could be leveraged to solve business problems. A HDInsight… Read more
SQL Server 2014
Below is a listing of the SQL Server 2014 new features and where you can find more information on them.
Power View is now able to access Multidimensional models in SQL 2014.
Complete information is available at MSDN
Included in the new release… Read more
Azure Data Services
Microsoft’s Azure data services provides you with a method to enhance your enterprise architecture and business intelligence options. No longer are you limited to building more servers or adding SAN storage in your on-premise datacenter. By leveraging the data services in Azure you can become elastic in… Read more