Several weeks ago I posted a quick survey on my blog that asked how you choose a session to attend when you have so many options at conferences. Thought I’d share the results of the survey today.
I don’t think there’s anything surprising about it. Most people overwhelmingly responded that… Read more
Last week during my 24 Hours of PASS session on Choosing a Reporting Platform I fielded a question that appeared multiple times during the Q&A so I thought it would be worth post.
When using Power View in Excel 2013 the first thing you may notice is a screen like… Read more
Tomorrow Brian Knight and I will kick off 24 hours of PASS with a session on Choosing a Microsoft Reporting Platform. I hope you’re able to join use and indulge in the all day learnathon that PASS is putting on with great list of amazing speakers.
If you’ve never attended… Read more
Many of you have attended sessions by technical speakers at conferences and mini-conferences like SQL Saturday, SQL Rally, 24 Hours of PASS, PASS Summit and many other non-PASS affiliated conference.
You all have different reasons for attending a particular session so I thought it would be interesting to take a… Read more
September is another busy month of speaking events for me and I thought I’d share them with you so maybe I can see you at one of the events.
With all the great… Read more
Last Wednesday at Jacksonville SQL Server User Group (JSSUG) we held our annual Speaker Idol event. Read more about what the events all about here. The event was a success and the speakers all got some great feedback from our panel of experienced speakers (Eric Wisdahl, Jorge… Read more
The Jacksonville SQL Server User Group (JSSUG) has always encouraged new talent to be added to the pool of local speakers. That’s why tomorrow we will be hosting an annual event called Speaker Idol (I know the name isn’t very original don’t kill me!), which is for anyone that’s interested… Read more
Somehow I missed this gem that’s been around for quite a while so I thought I would share it in case anyone else has yet to see it. The Forward Engineer add-in is a really great open source project that allows Visio database diagrams you create to easily be converted… Read more
OLAP PivotTable Extensions is a really cool free add-in for Excel that’s been around for quite a while now. It allows you to have some exposure to what’s going on under the covers (Among many other features) while you browse a cube using an Excel PivotTable. This weekend there has… Read more
When SQL Server 2008 R2 was released several new Reporting Services expressions were made available that would help join multiple datasets together. Those functions were the Lookup Function, LookupSet Function and the MultiLookup Function. My general recommendation for these function is not to use them when you have… Read more
With the Office 2013 announcements today I was excited to download and get my hands on the tools. Because this is still a customer preview we’re bound to find things here and there that aren’t functioning as expected when experimenting with the Office tools.
The things I had on my… Read more
This has been reposted from a guest blog post I wrote on the Microsoft Business Intelligence team blog.
Fulfilling User Needs
Developing a Power View report has been touted as being so simple that within a handful of clicks you can add rather impressive elements, like effective visualizations, to… Read more
Next week I will be speaking on designing your first Power View report for SQL Lunch. Be sure to join me for the event and as always “No fluff, just stuff”.
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Date and Time: 7/18/2012 11:30:00 AM CST
Topic: #68-Designing Your First Power… Read more
I’m usually pretty hesitant to share scripts I write because inevitably it will get torn to pieces, but in this case I’d actually like some feedback so I can continue to grow this solution.
This script spawned from Jorge Segarra (@SQLChicken) and I working on a project together that had… Read more
Recently while working for a client that was running SQL Server 2008 R2 I was tasked with loading an Excel Macro (.xlsm) enabled workbook. If you have ever tried this yourself you may have tried using the default Excel provider, which does not work. In fact, this is the error… Read more
Today I’m thrilled and humbled to announce that I will be speaking 3 times at PASS Summit in November 6-9! This is my favorite of all conferences to attend and I hope you can make it too. Go register now here.
A really fun way you can browse all… Read more
Using Active Directory groups are a great way to manage and maintain security for a solution. Think about if you had to manually add users to your Analysis Services roles each time someone new wanted access to your cube. Ideally, you would have an AD group in the SSAS role… Read more
SSIS 2012 has added a few new expression functions and I thought I’d spend a short time detailing each.
The LEFT function believe it or not is a new function. In past versions of SSIS you had a RIGHT function available but no LEFT. Well SSIS expression haters you… Read more
With the new Project Deployment Model in SSIS developers are gaining the benefit of a new design time only feature called Project Connection Managers. If you’ve developed in SSIS previously Connection Managers require no further detailing, but for those new this is how SSIS connections to data that’s used as… Read more
The new project deployment model in SSIS 2012 is the new standard for how packages are created, configured and deployed. Any new packages that are created in SSIS will default to using the new deployment model.
The most basic way of describing this change is now instead of deploying packages… Read more