Recently I published an open-source course/workshop to learn Power BI Desktop. Fellow MVP Dan English (blog | twitter) gave me the excellent feedback that IMDB actually doesn’t like people scraping their website for data. Furthermore, the OMDB API appears to have fallen almost out of funds and is… Read more
I’ve created a free, open-source workshop to teach people the capabilities and features of Power BI Desktop. I was inspired to do this by Brent Ozar, who also created a free open-source course How to Think Like the Engine. If you haven’t checked out that course, make sure you… Read more
Just a quick blog post so that other people don’t waste 15 minutes of their life looking for a missing checkbox.
I was implementing security using roles in a Power BI Desktop model. I had defined the role along with its filter on top of a many 2 many relationship.… Read more
NOTE: the DAX presented in this blog post is written in my locale (nl-BE). This means that semicolons are used in the functions and lists instead of commas. Also, we use the comma as the decimal seperator. 0.95 (in the US) is 0,95 in my locale. A couple of well… Read more
UPDATE: I also published a blog post using a DAX only approach. Check it out here.
Recently someone had a question if it was possible to change the color of a shape depending on the value of a measure. Imagine for example a dashboard with the picture of a… Read more
I’m very pleased, humbled, surprised and overall gleeful to announce I’m awarded the Microsoft Data Platform MVP 2017 Award.
This is a great honor and I’m grateful for all the support I’ve received of Microsoft, my peers and the SQL Server community over the past years. I’d like to… Read more
I’m delighted to announce that I’m selected as a speaker for the Techorama event.
Techorama is a developer congress focusing (but not limited to) Microsoft technologies. This year, the event is even bigger as they have merged with the IT Pro event ITPROceed (where I have spoken 3 times in… Read more
In Belgium, a national campaign is launched to raise money for cancer research: #TourneeMinerale. In this campaign, people can be sponsored for not drinking alcohol for the whole month of February 2017. This sponsor money is donated to the national cancer research center. The name of the campaign – Tournée… Read more
Brent wants us to blog about our favorite Connect items because Microsoft is currently listening to its customers and actually closing items.… Read more
First a little background. I’m working on a large fact table that behaves itself as a slowly changing type 2 dimension. Weird right? But I have a good reason for this: it’s a snapshot table and if I would create the snapshots like you’re supposed to (by exploding the fact… Read more
I recently had to install SQL Server 2016 again on my Windows 10 machine. This also meant that I had to install and configure MDS as well. Last time it didn’t went so smoothly: Master Data Services error – Cannot read configuration file due to insufficient permissions. However, this… Read more
People who have been working for a while with Integration Services probably know the legendary blog post by SQL Server MVP Jamie Thomson: Suggested Best Practises and naming conventions. The blog post served as a guidance point for many SSIS projects regarding naming conventions of the various tasks and… Read more
Note: not a SQL/BI related post like usual, but since it’s a common issue I want to share my solution here
Quite recently I had a bizarre issue on my laptop: suddenly I could only browse Google websites (Google search, YouTube, Gmail …). All the other websites would time out… Read more
A semi-additive average? What exactly are you trying to calculate? Let me explain first. A semi-additive measure is a measure that can be summed across some dimensions, but not all. Typically it’s the time dimension that isn’t additive. For example, the stock level at various warehouses. You can add all… Read more
SQL Server 2016 service pack 1 has been released and it is a mayor one! You can download it here.
Why, you ask, is it so important? Because a lot of Enterprise Edition database engine features are now available in the other editions as well. In other words, you… Read more
Since Power BI is all the rage right now, I was in need of some material to spice up my knowledge of DAX (read: finally understand how CALCULATE works). I’ve been following the website powerpivotpro.com for quite some time now and they always have very insightful articles about DAX and… Read more
I was preparing a demo for a session about the new features of Master Data Services in SQL Server 2016. In that demo, I created a business rule to test out the extension with custom scripts. When the business rule was finished, I tried to publish it. But, I was… Read more
The wait is over, the Reporting Services team finally released a preview for Power BI Desktop reports hosted on premises using Reporting Services! The preview itself is a VM hosted in Azure. You can read all about setting it up in the SSRS team blog post.
I toyed around… Read more
In preparation of my upcoming webinar on the new features of Master Data Services 2016, I installed MDS on my system. Otherwise it would be quite hard to give demos, of course. The installation itself went quite smooth, no remarks there. I also enabled Internet Information Services (IIS) on my… Read more
The 2016 edition of the Belgian SQL Server Days is over. It was a blast – as usual – and it was very nice meeting up with the #sqlfamily again. I had a session about the new features in SSRS 2016. I was so excited that I could do a… Read more