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James Serra's Blog

James is currently a Senior Business Intelligence Architect/Developer and has over 20 years of IT experience. James started his career as a software developer, then became a DBA 12 years ago, and for the last five years he has been working extensively with Business Intelligence using the SQL Server BI stack (SSAS, SSRS, and SSIS). James has been at times a permanent employee, consultant, contractor, and owner of his own business. All these experiences along with continuous learning has helped James to develop many successful data warehouse and BI projects. James has earned the MCITP Business Developer 2008, MCITP Database Administrator 2008, and MCITP Database Developer 2008, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. His blog is at .

Archives: August 2012

SQL Server 2012 and SharePoint 2013: Installing on a Virtual Machine

With the preview of SharePoint 2013 now available, I have updated my post SQL Server 2012: Installing on a Virtual Machine to use SharePoint 2013 instead of SharePoint 2010.  If you would like to get a head start on learning what is new with SharePoint 2013 and Excel 2013, follow… Read more

11 comments, 9,862 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 27 August 2012

Excel 2013 and BI

On July 16, 2012, Office 2013 Preview was released to the public (download).  Excel 2013 now includes a lot of the SQL Server BI components directly in the initial install, as well as enhancements made to the business intelligence (BI) capabilities in Excel.  Here are the details:

  • Much…

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0 comments, 969 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 15 August 2012

PerformancePoint 2013 and SharePoint 2013

PerformancePoint is an important BI Tool in the Microsoft world and it will continue to be Microsoft’s solution for creating interactive, context-driven dashboards with balanced scorecards, key performance indicators, analytic reports, and filters.  There is no doubt it is an integral part of Microsoft’s Business Intelligence offering,

Fortunately there are… Read more

0 comments, 1,390 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 13 August 2012

Prevent wiping out of SSAS partitions

There have been a few times when I have created SSAS partitions outside of BIDS using script code in an SSiS package, then later made a change in BIDS and deployed the cube, wiping out those partitions (since they did not exist in the BIDS project).

To prevent partitions getting… Read more

0 comments, 450 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 1 August 2012