I had to do some performance testing for an MSSQLTips article and I thought I’d share the framework I used in a blog post.
First of all we have to log start and end dates of the package to a table so we can easily calculate the duration a package… Read more
One of the smaller announcements amidst the gazillion new features of SQL Server 2016, is that SSMS is now a separate installation. You heard that right (read, probably), no more dragging along those bulky .ISO files with the entire SQL Server set-up just to install some client tools. Just like… Read more
A few weeks back, the folks at Apress Publishing sent me a copy of the book Expert Performance Indexing in SQL Server for me to review. Since I know both the authors and since I’m familiar with the spectacular work they do, I was happy to do so. Doesn’t mean… Read more
SQLKover update: For some reason, this was my most popular blog post on the old LTD site. Over 110,000 views. People must be building them script components.
From time to time I have to script out some logic using a Script Component in a SSIS package. Business as… Read more
Here is an overview of the articles I published in the final quarter of 2015:
- Integrated Logging with the Integration Services Package Log Providers
- SQL Server Integration Services Best Practices and Tuning Tips Webcast Q&A
- Retrieve Error Column in SSIS 2016
- Customize the SQL Server Reporting Services 2016 Parameter Pane
Recently I got my hands on a copy of Extending SSIS with .NET Scripting, written by SQL Server MVP Joost van Rossum (blog | twitter). My .NET scripting knowledge could use an update, so I decided to read the whole book and provide you with a full… Read more
It’s the second Tuesday of the month and you know what that means! T-SQL Tuesday time! If you don’t know what it means, T-SQL Tuesday is a monthly blog party of the SQL Server community – started by Adam Machanic (blog|twitter) – where everyone is invited… Read more
It’s the time of the year again: the obligatory “how was the past year” blog post, combined with “what do I plan to do next year?”. I plan on keeping it quite short
2015 was awesome because:
- I got to speak on ITPROceed and SQLServerDays again, and it was great…
Recently I went to a client for a one day data warehouse… Read more
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
SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is getting quite the overhaul in SQL Server 2016. Lot’s of things are changing:
- new look ‘n feel for Report Builder: Report Builder Changes in SQL Server 2016
- new chart types (check out my sunburst, treemap and heatmap articles)
- a (somewhat) customizable parameter pane
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
I’ll be giving a webinar for MSSQLTips.com 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…
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
Here is an overview of the articles I published in the third quarter of 2015.
- Retrieve file sizes from the file system using Power Query
- Create a Treemap Graph in SQL Server Reporting Services 2016
- How to create a heat map graph in SQL Server Reporting Services 2016
- How to…
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
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
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…
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 MSSQLTips.com 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
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