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Koen Verbeeck

Koen Verbeeck is a Microsoft Business Intelligence consultant at element61, helping clients to get insight in their data. Koen has a comprehensive knowledge of the SQL Server BI stack, with a particular love for Integration Services. He's also a speaker at various conferences.

Master Data Services Configuration Woes

Installing and configuring SQL Server Master Data Services (MDS) is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re gonna get. Recently I ran into some troubles (or woes) when configuring MDS at a client. The installation went smoothly, as well as the installation of other prerequisites (like… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 24 November 2015

Reporting Services redesign – it’s the little things

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is getting quite the overhaul in SQL Server 2016. Lot’s of things are changing:

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 20 November 2015

Reblog: Data Visualization – Book Review

To prepare myself for my session Data Visualization Tips & Tricks, I read a few books. In this blog post, I’ll give a short review for each one of them.

Information Dashboard Design

 This book, written by Stephen Few, was the first one I read. And it was…

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 12 November 2015

Webinar – What’s New for Business Intelligence in SQL Server 2016

I’ll be giving a webinar for on Thursday 29th October 2015.
The title is What’s New for Business Intelligence in SQL Server 2016 and its abstract goes like this:

The preview of SQL Server 2016 has been released right before the summer and it already seems this will be…

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 23 October 2015

Presentation Design – Before and After

Recently I gave a session on the SQL Server Days about the new features for business intelligence in SQL Server 2016. I have always found that the design of the slide deck matters and this time I was fortunate enough to have the assistance of 356labs, a presentation design… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 15 October 2015

What’s new for BI in SQL 2016 – Session materials

SQL Server Days 2015 is over and it was a blast. Met a lot of people from the #sqlfamily, too many to mention, and I saw some interesting sessions. My favorites were David’s session about loading data faster and Catherine’s session about BIML (yes, both are related to SSIS). I… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 1 October 2015

New SSRS features in SQL 2016 CTP 2.4

SQL Server 2016 CTP 2.4 hasn’t been released yet (any day now I guess), but someone was apparently very eager at Microsoft because some of the MSDN documentation pages are already updated. One of those pages is What’s New in Reporting Services. There we can see three new features… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 30 September 2015

Why I hate Pie Charts

The pie chart should be avoided at all costs. Why?

  • you can only display a limited number of slices (although that doesn’t really stop people from creating pie charts with dozens of slices)
  • they take up a lot of space
  • the human brain cannot easily compare slices based on radial…

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 21 September 2015

Reblog: The Magic Alt Button

SQLKover update: I love this trick! I use it daily, no kidding (except in weekends). Want to see it in live action? You can watch my webcast on-demand where I demonstrate this trick. Start watching at around minute 38.

Lately I have been using more and more the awesomeness… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 17 September 2015

MDS 2016 CTP 2.3: tiles greyed out in Manager

I’m toying around with MDS 2016 CTP 2.3 in preparation of my SQLServerDays session about what is new for BI in SQL Server 2016. I uploaded the sample models into MDS and I opened up Master Data Manager in Internet Explorer to try out some of the new features. The… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 15 September 2015

The SSDT Evolution

When you are developing for the Microsoft Business Intelligence stack, you always needed Visual Studio for your business intelligence (SSIS, SSAS & SSRS) projects. If you have a full blown Visual Studio installation, you needed the BI templates; if you didn’t have Visual Studio (or the right version), you would… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 10 September 2015

Webinar – SSIS Best Practices and Tuning Tips

I’ll be giving an SSIS webinar for on Tuesday 15th September 2015.
The title is SQL Server Integration Services Best Practices and Tuning Tips and its abstract goes like this:

Did you ever inherited a slow running un-maintainable mess of an SSIS package? Or do you want to knock…

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 8 September 2015

Report Builder Changes in SQL Server 2016

As a lot of features, Report Builder will improve as well in SQL Server 2016. At the moment of writing CTP 2.3 has been released and Report Builder has the following changes:

  • more up-to date look ‘n feel
  • high dpi in the preview
  • HTML5 support

Screenshot of the look ‘n… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 7 September 2015

SSIS – Unexpected Termination

I was toying around with the new SQL Server 2016 CTP release and I wanted to run a few SSIS packages to test out the new logging levels. However, everytime I ran a package in the SSIS catalog, it ended with the dreaded “unexpected termination” message. In such a case,… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 3 September 2015

Nominated for Author of the Year 2015

I have the great pleasure to announce that I have been nominated for the “Author of the Year 2015” award at the MSSQLTips website. This means however I have to persuade people to vote for me, hence this blog post  I received the award last year, so I have a… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 2 September 2015

SQL 2016 CTP 2.3 has been released

A new monthly release of the SQL Server 2016 preview has been released: CTP 2.3.
You can find the download here (the official SQL Server 2016 page currently still links to CTP 2.2).

There isn’t any official documentation out yet describing which features have been added or improved, but thanks… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 1 September 2015

Reblog: Force installation of 64-bit ACE OLE DB provider

Anyone working with SSIS and Excel probably had the following issue: you are creating an SSIS package using an Excel file in BIDS/SSDT – which is a 32-bit application – and when you try to run the package, it crashes. This is easily fixed by setting the project property Run64BitRuntime Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 27 August 2015

Reblog: How I prepared myself for the MCSE certification

SQLKover update: this was one of the most popular posts on my old blog. It’s quite old now and SQL 2014 content has been added to some of the exams. Nonetheless, a lot of it is still valid today.

Last week (this is a repost, so not actually last… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 20 August 2015

Nesting Aggregates with Window Functions

Recenty I was writing an article for MSSQLTips where I had to create a treemap (it will be published soon). As sample data, I used the different folders containing the drafts for all the tips I ever wrote. As measures, I have the number of kilobytes and the number of… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 18 August 2015

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