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James is a big data and data warehousing technology specialist at Microsoft. He is a thought leader in the use and application of Big Data technologies, including MPP solutions involving hybrid technologies of relational data, Hadoop, and private and public cloud. Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence architect and developer. He is a prior SQL Server MVP with over 30 years of IT experience. James is a popular blogger (JamesSerra.com) and speaker, having presented at dozens of PASS events including the PASS Business Analytics conference and the PASS Summit. He is the author of the book “Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012”. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Archives: May 2014

Presentation slides for Modern Data Warehousing

Thanks to everyone who attended my session “Modern Data Warehousing” for Pragmatic Works last Thursday.  The abstract for my session is below and the recording is available here.  I hope you enjoyed it.

Here is the PowerPoint presentation: Modern Data Warehousing

Modern Data Warehousing

The traditional data warehouse has… Read more

0 comments, 589 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 25 May 2014

Presentation slides for Houston SQLSaturday

Thanks to everyone who attended my two sessions at SQLSaturday in Houston (more info).  Here are the abstracts and PowerPoint links:

Best Practices to Deliver BI Solutions

If your company is planning to build a data warehouse or BI solution, you need to be aware that BI projects… Read more

1 comments, 658 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 12 May 2014

Presentation Slides for Building an Effective Data Warehouse Architecture

Thanks to everyone who attended my session “Building an Effective Data Warehouse Architecture” at the PASS Business Analytics conference.  The abstract is below.  I hope you enjoyed it!

Here is the PowerPoint presentation: Building an Effective Data Warehouse Architecture

Building an Effective Data Warehouse Architecture

You’re a DBA and… Read more

0 comments, 661 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 9 May 2014

SQLSaturday in Houston

This upcoming Saturday I will be presenting two sessions at SQLSaturday in Houston (more info).  I hope to see you there.  Here are the abstracts:

Best Practices to Deliver BI Solutions

If your company is planning to build a data warehouse or BI solution, you need to be… Read more

0 comments, 554 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 8 May 2014

Hadoop and Data Warehouses

I see a lot of confusion when it comes to Hadoop and its role in a data warehouse solution.  Hadoop should not be a replacement for a data warehouse, but rather should augment/complement a data warehouse.  Hadoop and a data warehouse will often work together in a single information supply… Read more

5 comments, 4,071 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 6 May 2014

Presentation Slides for Modern Data Warehousing

Thanks to everyone who attended my session “Modern Data Warehousing” at the PASS SQLSaturday Business Analytics edition in Dallas.  The abstract is below.  Great turnout for the last session of the day!

Here is the PowerPoint presentation: Modern Data Warehousing

Modern Data Warehousing

The traditional data warehouse has served… Read more

0 comments, 871 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 4 May 2014