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DataOnWheels

Steve Hughes is a Principal Consultant at Magenic. His area of expertise is in data and business intelligence architecture on the Microsoft SQL Server platform. He was also the data architect for a SaaS company which delivered a transportation management solution for fleets across the United States. Steve has co-authored two books and delivered more than 30 presentations on SQL Server and data architecture over the past six years. He also provides insights from the field on his blog at http://dataonwheels.wordpress.com.

Power BI Is Finally in the Azure Trust Center

With the most recent announcement of Power BI’s inclusion in the Azure Trust Center, it is a good time to review where we are today with Power BI security and compliance as it relates to various customer needs. I do a lot of work with financial, energy, and medical customers.… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 28 April 2016

JSON in SQL Server 2016 – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Microsoft introduced support for JSON data in SQL Server 2016 and in Azure SQL Database. I was excited to see this functionality coming. As an early user of XML when it was introduced, my expectations were high. Microsoft has done some really good work with JSON support, but I find… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 20 April 2016

SQL Saturday #492 Follow Up – A Window into Your Data

Thanks for attending my session on window functions in TSQL. I hope you learned something you can take back and use in your projects or at your work. You will find an link to the session and code I used below. If you have any questions about the session post… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 16 April 2016

VS Live 2016 – Las Vegas Follow Up

I spoke at Visual Studio Live in Vegas on two topics. While the presentations have been uploaded to the site and were available for attendees, the code was not distributed yet as an oversight on my part. In this post, I will do a quick summary of the sessions and… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 11 April 2016

SQL Saturday #486 Richmond – A Window Into Your Data

 

Thanks for attending my session on window functions in TSQL. I hope you learned something you can take back and use in your projects or at your work. You will find an link to the session and code I used below. If you have any questions about the session… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 19 March 2016

Excel Tip #30: Excel Services Visual Limitations – Displaying Images

As I mentioned in my original post, Exploring Excel 2013 as Microsoft’s BI Client, I will be posting tips regularly about using Excel 2013 and later.  Much of the content will be a result of my daily interactions with business users and other BI devs.  In order to not… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 4 March 2016

Minnesota BI User Group – Powering Up HDInsight with Power BI (December 2015)

On Wednesday, December 16, I presented on this topic at the Minnesota BI User Group.  This session is based on five blog posts that I created in August 2015.

You can find the presentation here: Powering Up HDInsight with Power BI (pdf).

The details can be found in the… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 4 February 2016

Five Years, A Quiet Quarter, A Look Ahead to 2016

Five Years of Blogging

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My blogging story started on December 7, 2010. I have now had a blog for over 5 years. I want to thank all of you who have read my blog and interacted with me through it. You have seen me change the theme… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 18 January 2016

Boston BI User Group Meeting–Dashboard Design with Microsoft: Power BI vs Datazen (10/13/15)

Thanks for joining Anthony Martin (@SQLMartini) and I at the Boston BI User Group Meeting in October. During the session, we demo’d and built dashboards in Power BI Desktop and Datazen Publisher.

Power BI

www.powerbi.com

Couple of thoughts from our demo:

  • Power BI is a way to get…

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 20 October 2015

SQL Saturday #437–Boston BI Edition 2015–You Can Still Analyze Data with T-SQL

Thanks for attending my session on analyzing data with TSQL. I hope you learned something you can take back and use in your projects or at your work. You will find an link to the session and code I used below. If you have any questions about the session post… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 17 October 2015

SQL Saturday #453–Minnesota 2015–A Window Into Your Data

Thanks for attending my session on window functions in TSQL. I hope you learned something you can take back and use in your projects or at your work. You will find an link to the session and code I used below. If you have any questions about the session post… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 10 October 2015

Excel Tip #29: Forcing Slicers to Filter Each Other when Using CUBE Functions

As I mentioned in my original post, Exploring Excel 2013 as Microsoft’s BI Client, I will be posting tips regularly about using Excel 2013 and later.  Much of the content will be a result of my daily interactions with business users and other BI devs.  In order to not… Read more

1 comments, 240 reads

Posted in DataOnWheels on 9 October 2015

TechFuse Minnesota Follow Up

 

My Session: Using Azure SQL Database for Enterprise Needs

On 10/6/2015, I presented on Azure SQL Database at TechFuse Minnesota. Some of the highlights from the session included a comparison of the various SQL Server offerings and how Azure SQL Database fits into the overall picture. During the session we… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 6 October 2015

Powering Up HDInsight with Power BI–

On Tuesday, September 15, I presented on this topic for Pragmatic Works. You can find that session here. This session is based on five blog posts that I created in August 2015.

Powering Up HDInsight with Power BI (pdf)https://dataonwheels.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/powering-up-hdinsight-with-power-bi.pdffoundin the

Setting Up and HDInsight Cluster (No Scripts… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 15 September 2015

Using Power BI with HDInsight Part 2: Power BI Desktop and Hive

With the rise of HDInsight and other Hadoop based tools, it is valuable to understand how Power BI can help you take advantage of those big data investments. If you need to set up a cluster to work with, check out my previous posts on Setting Up an HDInsight Cluster… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 28 August 2015

Using Power BI with HDInsight Part 1: Power Query and Files

With the rise of HDInsight and other Hadoop based tools, it is valuable to understand how Power BI can help you take advantage of those big data investments. If you need to set up a cluster to work with, check out my previous posts on Setting Up an HDInsight Cluster… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 27 August 2015

Uploading Files to an HDInsight Cluster (No Scripting Required)

As I noted in my first post, I am not a fan of scripting. In that post we set up a cluster without using scripts to do so. Now we are going to look at how to upload files without scripts. While this will work for our demo and… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 26 August 2015

Exploring the Microsoft Azure HDInsight Query Console (No Scripting Required)

As I noted in my previous post, I am not a fan of scripting. In that post we set up a cluster without using scripts to do so. Before we get to the steps to load our own data, I wanted to take a moment and explore the HDInsight… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 25 August 2015

Setting Up an HDInsight Cluster (No Scripts Required)

Let me start by saying, I am not a fan of scripting. It definitely has its place and a lot of my peers really like it. It is the easiest way to get functionality out from software vendors such as Microsoft. PowerShell is an incredibly powerful tool which can do… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 24 August 2015

Excel BI Tip #28: Using member expressions in the CUBEVALUE Function

As I mentioned in my original post, Exploring Excel 2013 as Microsoft’s BI Client, I will be posting tips regularly about using Excel 2013 and later.  Much of the content will be a result of my daily interactions with business users and other BI devs.  In order to not… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 21 July 2015

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