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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.

The Changing World of BI, A New White Paper for Magenic

In the ever changing landscape that is Business Intelligence (or is that Business Analytics?), a fellow business analyst from Magenic, Chuck Whittemore (B), and I authored a white paper based on our experiences over the past months.

What I think makes our work unique, a BI architect and… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 19 June 2013

Exploring Excel 2013 for BI Tip #7: Retaining Pivot Table Size After Data Refreshes

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.  Much of the content will be a result of my daily interactions with business users and other BI devs.  In order to not forget what… Read more

1 comments, 283 reads

Posted in DataOnWheels on 23 May 2013

Building My HDInsight Server Cluster

After all the hype about Big Data, Hadoop, and now HDInsight, I decided to build out my own big data cluster on HDInsight. My overall goal is to have a cluster I can use with Excel and Data Explorer.  After all, I needed more data in my mashups. I am… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 24 April 2013

SQL Saturday#197–Omaha Recap

This was the second SQL Saturday hosted in Omaha.  I loved to see how the event grew from the first event until now.  John Morehouse ( T | B ) and team did another stellar job organizing this event. I know they packed the house

Having taken part in the… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 12 April 2013

Exploring Excel 2013 for BI Tip #6: GeoFlow–The Latest Excel Visualization

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.  Much of the content will be a result of my daily interactions with business users and other BI devs.  In order to not forget what… Read more

1 comments, 1,890 reads

Posted in DataOnWheels on 11 April 2013

Exploring Excel 2013 for BI Tip #5: Cleaning Up Slicers

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.  Much of the content will be a result of my daily interactions with business users and other BI devs.  In order to not forget what… Read more

0 comments, 340 reads

Posted in DataOnWheels on 29 March 2013

Exploring Excel 2013 for BI Tip #4: Adding a Slicer

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.  Much of the content will be a result of my daily interactions with business users and other BI devs.  In order to not forget what… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 28 March 2013

PowerPoint–My Dashboard and Report Design Tool

At some point I think that I am becoming a Microsoft Office specialist as opposed to a BI Architect.  All of this work in Excel and now PowerPoint.  Okay, done with the ramblings.  As I have noted in a couple previous posts, I am working with a team on the… Read more

0 comments, 364 reads

Posted in DataOnWheels on 20 March 2013

Exploring Excel 2013 for BI Tip #3: Flash Fill

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.  Much of the content will be a result of my daily interactions with business users and other BI devs.  In order to not forget what… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 15 March 2013

Logging into Azure and Office365 with Different Accounts

I have been doing some work on the Modern Apps Live! content that required me to use both an Office365 account and an Azure account.  My Azure work is currently associated with my Microsoft Account (formerly known as my Live ID).  On the other hand, I am working with a… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 14 March 2013

Steps to Preload Data into Tables with SSDT

I am working as the data architect and developer on a modern app build with a the team from Modern Apps Live! in Vegas.  The goal of the project is to provide guidance to build modern applications and use this application as a reference.  While the conference is focused on… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 6 March 2013

Exploring Excel 2013 for BI Tip #2: Show Details

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.  Much of the content will be a result of my daily interactions with business users and other BI devs.  In order to not forget what… Read more

0 comments, 267 reads

Posted in DataOnWheels on 13 February 2013

Exploring Excel 2013 for BI Tip #1: Quick Explore

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.  Much of the content will be a result of my daily interactions with business users and other BI devs.  In order to not forget what… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 8 February 2013

Join Me at Modern Apps Live! Las Vegas

If you are familiar at all with Visual Studio Live! then you should check out this new conference.  At the Vegas conference, I am participating in this unique three-day event which is a series of sessions that build on each other as the conference progresses called Modern Apps Live! The… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 5 February 2013

Exploring Excel 2013 as Microsoft’s Business Intelligence Client

A little over six months ago, I wrote an article on Magenic.com about Excel 2013’s Impact for BI Users.  This coincided with the Office 2013 Preview release.  I discussed the addition of Power View and PowerPivot into the product.   Last week, I followed that article up with another on… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 4 February 2013

Are You Signed Up for 24 Hours of PASS–Business Analytics?

If you have not signed up for the 24 Hours of PASS-Business Analytics you should be.  This is a great chance to hear 12 speakers (they will be repeated in the following 12 hours).  Topics are varied from Big Data to Strategy to Collaboration.  Most importantly you can’t beat the… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 29 January 2013

Cultural Anthropology and Business Intelligence–A Tribute to Dr. Thomas C. Correll

A tribute is an expression of gratitude or praise. Last year I started a series about individuals who have impacted my career. I do this as a tribute to my father-in-law, Ed Jankowski who passed away a few years ago. Check out my original post about him and his impact… Read more

1 comments, 380 reads

Posted in DataOnWheels on 29 January 2013

PASSMN–Passing the Baton: A Board Transition Story

Each year the Minnesota SQL Server User Group elects new board members and resets its leadership team.  I have been on the board for the past three years during which we switched term lengths to two years with staggered elections, but more about that later.

During the PASS Summit this… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 12 December 2012

PASS Summit 2012 Wrap Up

Wow, what a week. Once again, PASS put on a great event that provided much in the way of events and training for the SQL Server community. If you followed my countdown you know some of what I love about PASS. Last year I blogged everyday but I did not… Read more

1 comments, 291 reads

Posted in DataOnWheels on 13 November 2012

T-SQL Window Functions on LessThanDot and at SQL Saturday 149

Reblogged from Data on Wheels - Steve Hughes: I recently completed a series of blog posts on www.lessthandot.com on T-SQL Window functions.  The enhancements to SQL Server 2012 in this area are phenomenal.  They solve a myriad of issues including calculating running totals with SQL.  Check it out if you…

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 12 November 2012

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