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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.

Formatting Durations in SSAS: Caveat

I recently published an article on titled Format Durations in SQL Server Analysis Services. For those who haven’t read it I’ll summarize it quickly: it explains how to create an MDX formula that formats durations into an [hh]:mm:ss format, where [hh] can go over 24 hours. For more… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 22 December 2014

Nominated for the 2014 Tribal Awards

Just like last year, and Simple Talk are hosting the Tribal Awards. In their words:

The Tribal Awards, co-hosted by Simple-Talk and SQLServerCentral, seek to recognize outstanding members of the SQL community. We want to highlight people who are currently leaders due to their writing, speaking, or general community…

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 18 December 2014

PASS BI VC recording is available now

The recording of the webinar I did for the PASS BI virtual chapter is live!
(Quick reminder: it was the same session as on the SQLServerDays: How to (not) torment your fellow SSIS developer?)

I’m quite pleased with the recording, although I sound like a drunk German scientist sometimes. Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 5 December 2014

Beware the defaults! (in windowing functions) – The Movie!

I was recently contacted by the fine gents of Webucator, an online training services provider. In order to promote their SQL Server classes, they are doing a free series called SQL Server Solutions from the Web where they show different SQL Server solutions found in blog posts around… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 27 November 2014

Nominated for Author of the Year

I have the great pleasure to announce that I have been nominated for the “Author of the Year” award at the MSSQLTips website. This means however I have to persuade people to vote for me, hence this blog post

You can vote for me at the following URL:

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 20 November 2014

PASS BI VC: How to (not) torment your fellow SSIS developer?

On November 17th 2PM CET I will redo my SQL Server Days presentation How to (not) torment your fellow SSIS developer? for the PASS BI virtual chapter. This is great news for the people who couldn’t attend my session at the SQL Server Days and who still want to… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 12 November 2014

T-SQL Tuesday #59: My Hero

This month’s T-SQL Tuesday is hosted by Tracy McKibben (blog | twitter) and is all about heroes (not the TV show).

Ada Lovelace has been an inspiration to many. In keeping with my blog theme, let’s call her a hero. We all have our heroes, those people who…

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 14 October 2014

Beware the defaults! (in windowing functions)

Some time ago I was writing some windowing functions on a set of data. Basically I was looking for the last date an event had occurred for each type of event. Let’s illustrate with an example:

	,[Group] CHAR(1) NOT NULL…

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 7 October 2014

SQL Server Days 2014 – Slide deck

SQL Server Days 2014 is over, but it has been one great event. A very big thanks to the organizers! My session went pretty well, somewhere around 60 attendees I would guess and they didn’t seem too bored. I saw some other great sessions as well, such as Buck Woody… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 6 October 2014

The Magic Alt Button

Lately I have been using more and more the awesomeness of the Alt-button in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). What do I mean with this? While holding the Alt-button on your keyboard, you can select a block of text instead of lines of text.

Note that this is not an… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 23 September 2014

Stupid me #4 – The login is from an untrusted domain

After quite a while it has finally returned: another Stupid Me™®©! A reminder:

Every time I do something “stupid”, which happens from time to time, I’ll do a little blog post on what happened and how I solved it. The reason for this is twofold: I’ll have a solution online… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 21 August 2014

Tableau Data Visualization Cookbook – Review

After my review of Tableau Dashboard Cookbook, I read another book about Tableau, namely Tableau Data Visualization Cookbook by Ashutosh Nandeshwar. The book is published by Packt but I am relieved to say this time there were no significant editing issues. In fact it is quite well written and… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 8 August 2014

Modeling the Agile Data Warehouse with Data Vault – Review

A few months ago I followed an introductory course about the data vault modeling technique for data warehouses at a local training provider. As part of the training, I received the book Modeling the Agile Data Warehouse with Data Vault written by Hans Hultgren who also is an instructor… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 17 July 2014

Creating a Matrix Infographic in SSRS

With “Matrix Infographic” I simply mean those infographics FiveThirtyEight (site | Twitter), the website of statistic revelation Nate Silver, uses to display forecasts of World cup matches. An example:

I was wondering if something similar could be built using SSRS. And yes, it is possible and it isn’t… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 11 July 2014

Tableau Dashboard Cookbook by Jen Stirrup


I received this book through the O’Reilly blogger review program, which I already mentioned in the review of Thinking With Data. The actual publisher of the book is Packt Publishing, not O’Reilly itself.


I guess most people who have been in contact with the… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 7 July 2014

Speaking at SQL Server Days 2014

I am absolutely delighted to share the great news that I have been selected as one of the speakers for the 2014 edition of the SQL Server Days in Belgium. It is one of the biggest SQL Server events in Europe and this will be the 4th time I am… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 4 July 2014

ITPROceed – Slide Deck and demo materials

ITPROceed 2014 is now a thing of the past, but is has been an awesome – and free! – event. A very big thank you and “well done” to the organizers. It has been a great gathering of the #sqlfamily, with superb sessions about Azure, restoring databases with PowerShell, Hekaton… Read more

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 17 June 2014

Naked Statistics

A few weeks ago I stumbled up on this book review of Naked Statistics by Nathan Yau. The introduction on Amazon promises us the following:

Once considered tedious, the field of statistics is rapidly evolving into a discipline Hal Varian, chief economist at Google, has actually called “sexy.” From…

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Posted in Koen Verbeeck on 23 May 2014

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