Microsoft continues to improve indexes and options for additional performance enhancements. One I see frequently is the need for a covering index. Before we look at those options, let’s talk about the need for a covering index.
The term covering index was created probably a decade ago. The idea is… Read more
I started using a product called SQL Diagnostic Manager from Idera about 10 years ago at a Home Health company. It was very useful with monitoring a SQL Server instance and helped us estimate the future size of databases based on historical data. The numbers were very accurate for a… Read more
Yes, it is that time of the year again. You know, when all the nut case and normal SQL Server experts collide in Seattle (or wherever the Summit is located) to experience the largest gathering of data experts on this planet. Well, I might be lying a little about the… Read more
On Wednesday morning, Conner Cunningham from Microsoft was the keynote speaker for IT/DevConnections in Las Vegas. His talk focused on SQL Server 2016. To summarize the things he said that got my attention were a Live Query Plan, the Query Store to retrieve a previous query plan and Azure… Read more
The PASS Excel Business Intelligence virtual chapter presents Dustin Ryan introducing everybody to Power Pivot in Excel. This chapter has gotten a lot of questions during some of the last couple of sessions that can be directly done in Power Pivot through Excel.
Please join us this Thursday September 10th… Read more
DevConnections is a new conference for me and I am excited about the opportunity to present 2 different sessions. The conference is at ARIA Resort in Las Vegas, NV. There are many great speakers at this event including Grant Fritchey, Itzik Ben-Gan, Denny Cherry and many more. The conference… Read more
This is I believe the 7th SQLSaturday in Baton Rouge. Please come out this Saturday at the LSU Business Center to enjoy free training, prizes and networking with over 500 IT professionals.
Here is the schedule.
It involves connecting to the Analysis Service database as a connection and not an… Read more
The next version of SQL Server looks to add more and more features helpful in database design and administration as well as Business Intelligence.
I was thinking today about why I submit sessions to speak at the PASS Summit.
Join us today at noon central for Asgeir presenting for the Excel BI VC.
Thu, Jun 18 2015 12:00 Central Daylight Time
PASS Excel BI VC presents Ásgeir Gunnarsson: End to End Risk Assessment – Using PowerView
END TO END RISK ASSESSMENT – AFFORDABLE SOLUTION USING POWER BI…
I have been selected again to speak in Houston (Saturday, June 13th) for a SQLSaturday event and look forward to connecting with some Texas PASS members like Nancy, Alan, Jen, Sean and many others. The facilities at San Jacinto College in the Southwest part of the Houston area were great… Read more
It is that time of the year when PASS starts a process to help update memberships and clean up duplicate account. I just Deactivated an old account setup in 2006 I never used.
Here is some more info and links. This material is copied from PASS website and emails.
Microsoft has given us DBAs/Developers/etc. a wealth of free reports integrated into SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) in order to see what is happening in our environment. These reports are really nice because you do not need to know the DMV/DMF in order to get the results.
The first report… Read more
Come join us Thursday April 2nd for an Excel BI virtual chapter session at noon central with Pragmatic Work’s Devin Knight who will help us get started with PowerQuery.
Thu, Apr 02 2015 12:00 Central Daylight Time
Getting Started with Power Query by Devin Knight
GETTING STARTED WITH…
In December, I was asked to write an article(s) on Database Refactoring. It started as 2 topics, but then consolidated into one. I really wanted to talk about the database design issues I see with a development department. Please give some time to reading the article and comment. First, I… Read more
I used to spend the 4th of July weekend (or week) in Austin with some buddy’s when we were in our 20s. There was so much to do and enjoy while there it is exciting to go back to this great city. Not only that, but there are some really… Read more
The Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS) has a slogan for what they do – CONNECT, SHARE and LEARN. So, what does this mean to me and the SQL Server professionals I have meet in this community (#SQLFamily)?
On Thursday, I was invited as a blogger to attend an intimate conversation (Q&A) with the PASS Board of Directors: Adam Jorgensen (EVP – Executive Vice President), Denise McInerney (VP Marketing) and Thomas LaRock (President). I started to try to understand why I was asked, but gave up due to… Read more
Well, it is that time of year again. The Professional Associations for SQL Server (PASS) annual summit. This year we go back to Seattle where Microsoft mostly lives and hope we can get lots of their employees to visit and talk shop.
One of my main goals is to Network… Read more