Archives: May 2013
As a followup to my blog Power View for Multidimensional Models – Preview Available, the final version is now available via SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 Cumulative Update 4.
If you are involved in Business Intelligence, then the books by Ralph Kimball are required reading:
The Data Warehouse Lifecycle Toolkit: Practical Techniques for Building Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence Systems, Second Edition, 2008, 636 pages (Amazon). Subject: Implementation guide. Primary Audience: Good overview for all project… Read more
There are three fundamental steps in building a data warehouse for a BI solution (see Why you need Business Intelligence):
- Identify the data the users interact with, or would like to interact with, via interviews. Make sure to determine the granularity of the data that is needed, if Type…
I am fortunate enough to have been selected to give a presentation at the PASS Summit 2013 in Charlotte, NC on October 14-18. It’s amazing to think that, although I have been in IT for 25 years, I first started to build my brand when I started this blog only… Read more
One of my pet peeves is seeing a top-notch BI architect/developer working as a salaried/perm employee of a consulting company where they are making a good salary but are being billed out to the client at a rate that is 3-4 times what they are making. Are they getting taken… Read more
This is something I just heard about recently, but then experienced it for myself.
This story was told to me: A client is looking for a contractor and contacts a staffing firm to find candidates. The staffing firms sends a resume that looks real good. A technical interview is done… Read more
To expand on what I talked about in Should a placement firm tell you what they are billing the client?: If you are a consultant working through a placement firm, should the markup percentage (client bill rate divided by consultant rate minus one) be the same no matter what… Read more
Data cleansing can be done via SSIS as well as Data Quality Services (DQS) and Master Data Services (MDS). The lines are a bit blurred when talking about data cleansing using SSIS, DQS and MDS. In what product should data be cleaned? To give examples: having to convert a… Read more
Here is another response to my blog “Should a placement firm tell you what they are billing the client?” (the first response was Billing rates – other side of the fence). My purpose of these blogs is to give more understanding as to what determines the margin… Read more
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