One of the biggest new features in SQL Server 2014 is SQL Server In-Memory OLTP, known mostly by its code name of Hekaton (see SQL Server 2014: In-memory OLTP Engine, code-name: Hekaton). Basically, this puts tables in memory, giving a potentially huge performance boost when accessing these tables, especially… Read more
As I mentioned in Power BI first impressions, Power BI Q&A is an instantaneous search experience that uses a natural language query. The user enters a question and it interprets it and serves up the correct interactive chart or graph. It only worked with sample data installed when you… Read more
While there are a lot of tools out there for data modeling, there is one option that is free if you have Visual Studio. It’s called the Entity Data Model Designer. It works well if you need a quick-and-dirty way to create a logical model of tables and have the… Read more
One point of confusion I see with Power Query is some people believe Power Query adheres to the Excel limit of a max of 1,048,576 rows that can be imported. However, there is a way around this limit. When using Power Query, on the Query Editor dialog, under Query Settings,… Read more
I am fortunate enough to have been selected to give a presentation at the PASS Business Analytics Conference in San Jose, CA on May 7-9. Below is my presentation abstract along with more info about the conference. I hope to see you there!
Building an Effective Data Warehouse Architecture
You’re… Read more
Microsoft keep turning out updates to Power Query. For December, some of the new features (download):
- Connection to three more data sources: Sybase IQ, Exchange, and Dynamics CRM Online
- When using the Navigator pane in the Power Query search, it will automatically detect database relationships
- You can share…
As I have been giving demos on Power BI for Office 365, I have received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, with many clients really loving it. There are common questions that I hear, and I thought I would list them here with answers:
Will there be an on-premise… Read more
Info from Microsoft on how the MCSA and MCSE certifications will be altered for SQL Server 2014:
In reviewing the SQL Server 2014 product, the Microsoft Learning Experiences team determined that the new features focus on performance tuning and high availability. As skilling and testing around these features is best… Read more
As I mentioned in my previous post (see Power BI first impressions), Power Query is a great new tool and Microsoft has been updating it frequently. The latest update has many new features, among them:
- Connectivity to Windows Azure Table Storage – You can now import from Windows Azure…
“Power BI” is an umbrella name for a lot of products, which I explain at Power BI first impressions (also I have a video at Power BI for Office 365 video). Power BI is an Office 365 marketing offering (see pricing). Each of the products that comprise Power… Read more
Since my last post about the SSDT update for August, there have been two updates, each containing one fix:
The September 2013 release has a targeted fix for the Schema Compare error when working with large display text or high DPI.
The October 2013 release contains an updated installer that… Read more
A demonstration of Power BI for Office 365, showing you how all the various tools and technologies work together: Power Query, Power Pivot, Power View, Power Map, Power BI sites, Data Management, Power BI Admin center, Power BI for mobile, and Power BI Q&A.
With so many tools it can… Read more
I recorded my first video presentation and demo using the screen recording and video editing software called Camtasia Studio for Windows.
It’s a great product that makes it easy to create videos that includes demos. They also have a nice list of tutorials.
They offer a fully functional… Read more
Last month I blogged that SQL Server Data Tools for SQL Server 2014 CTP2 now available. You can download that here. This will run the SSDT install (not a SQL Server 2014 install). This installs the Visual Studio 2012 shell, and makes available the SQL Server Database Project… Read more
I have been using Power BI the past few weeks (see my video of all the features) after I was invited by Microsoft to test the Power BI for Office 365 Preview (register here). I have to say I am extremely impressed. It allows for a self-service reporting and… Read more
While the tabular model in SSAS makes it much easier to build cubes than the multidimensional model, I am not seeing it used as much as I expected. One reason is if you are a BI developer and have been using the multidimensional model for a while, you tend to… Read more
Microsoft has introduced an image into the Windows Azure Virtual Machine Gallery that is pre-optimized for a Fast Track Data Warehouse (FTDW) workload. FTDW is a reference configuration optimized for data warehousing. Not only is there an image for SQL Server 2012 SP1 (rated for 400GB database warehousing workloads), but… Read more
Windows Azure SQL Reporting was the new name of the reporting services component (which was formerly known as SQL Azure Reporting Services) that went live June 12, 2012.
However today, October 31, 2013, notification went out to current Windows Azure SQL Reporting customers that the service will be discontinued in… Read more
From Microsoft, SSDT is now available for SQL Server 2014:
We’d like to announce the availability of SSDT that supports SQL Server 2014 databases. SQL Server Data Tools for SQL Server 2014 CTP2 is pre-release software, does not support upgrade from an existing SSDT install or upgrading to any new… Read more
Not much news came out of the PASS Summit 2013 from last week, but boy did I have a blast! I met over 100 people who were presenters or bloggers (I counted). I made an effort to find them as I wondered around the halls. I also had a lot… Read more