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The Smiling DBA

Thomas LeBlanc ( MCITP 2005/2008 & MCDBA 2000) is a Senior SQL Server DBA at Turner Industries, LLC in Baton Rouge, LA. He has been in the IT field for 21 years starting as a COBOL programmer, graduating to dBase, FoxPro, Visual FoxPro, upgrading to Visual Basic versions 3-6 and even some .Net(C#). Designing and developing normalized database has become his passion. Full-time DBA work started about 9 years ago for Thomas while working at a Paper Mill in St. Francisville, LA continuing with IEM, then Amedisys. Performance tuning and reviewing database design and code was an everyday occurrence for DBAs at Amedisys. Thomas’ free time is spent helping those less fortunate and improving his relationship with his family and God.

SQLDiva reviews the First PASS Business Analytics Conference

Join Mellissa Demsak (twitter – SQLDiva) for a review of what she rates as the best from PASS’s first attempt at a Business Analytics conference. This session is hosted by the PASS Virtual Chapter for Business Analytics which was started by Mellissa.

May 02

May 2nd PASS BA VC Meeting

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 29 April 2013

T-SQL Tuesday #41 – Presenting and Loving It

Some Tuesday mornings I have bacon with eggs and an English muffin. Not today though. I am blogging about Why I Love Presenting for T-SQL Tuesday #41 hosted by Bob Pusateri. I will attempt to answer all his questions.

What was the first time you gave a presentation in…

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 9 April 2013

PASS Business Analytics presents MVP Jessica Moss: Putting the Business Into Business Analytics

I saw Jessica Moss presenting at the PASS Summit a couple of years ago on Reporting Services. She has been an author to many books and has a good series on SQLServerCentral.com’s Stairway series for Reporting Services.

Please join the PASS Business Analytics virtual chapter on April 4th at… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 26 March 2013

PASS Data Arch VC presents Steve Hughes on Accounting for Windows Azure

I meet Steve this past November in Seattle at the PASS Summit. Reading his series on XMLA and Analysis Services help me understand more about SSAS. It was good to finally talk with this dude and get him to present to the Data Arch VC

His blog is Data on… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 17 March 2013

Baton Rouge SQL Server User Group

Wednesday March 13th 2013, I have the pleasure in presenting to the local SQL Server User group in Baton Rouge, LA. The topic will be Attributes and Hierarchies in Analysis Services 2012. The flow will be from requirements gathering thru implementation in the Semantic Model.

My employer, Turner Industries,… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 3 March 2013

PASS Data Arch VC presents: Neil Hambly’s Think You Have The Right Data-Type?

Please join this Thursday Feb 24th 2013 at noon central for Confio SQL Server expert Neil Hambly talking SQL Server Data-Types. This seemingly simply feature is the heart of tables and data in SQL Server, so you do not want to miss Neil sharing implications of not knowing the details…

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 24 February 2013

PASS Data Arch VC presents: Intro to Master Data Services by James Serra

Please join this Thursday Dec 20th 2012 at noon central for Business Intelligence expert/consultant James Serra talking Master Data Services. This new feature of the Microsoft BI stack is sure to help elevate your skills with data in SQL Server 2012.

Introduction to Microsoft’s Master Data Services (MDS) by James…

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 16 December 2012

PASS Summit 2012 - Done!!!

Thursday afternoon

Thursday afternoon concluded with How to run SSRS in Sharepoint integration mode, Enriching Tabular with DAX and Monitoring SSAS. The best was the last.  Tim Peterson (SolidQ) shared his 12+ years working with SSAS to give us 3 ways to monitor SSAS – SQL Profiler, PerfMon and a… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 13 November 2012

Live Blog: PASS Summit–WIT Luncheon

WIT – Women In Technology 10 anniversary PASS Summit Luncheon

Please go to this link for more info on the speakers and content. I am blogging and tweeting from this luncheon to help with exposure of the message and to learn more myself.

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 8 November 2012

PASS Summit 2012–Thursday morning

Using SSIS 2012 for ETL in a Data Warehouse

Well, I feel great relief that my session has been completed, and completed successfully. The room was full with people on the floor and along the walls. That was great considering Peter Meyers and Devin Knight had done similar sessions 2… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 8 November 2012

PASS Summit 2012–Day 1

Morning

Could not sleep past 4:30AM this morning, daylight savings time and 2 time zone changes did not help. So, exercise now in the morning and off to Summit for 7:30AM.

Meet 2 new Summit attendees in the elevator from Los Angles working for Stamps.com. They were both developers of… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 5 November 2012

PASS Summit 2012–My Schedule

Using SSIS 2012 for Data Warehouse ETL

I have been fortunate to be selected this year to speak at the PASS Summit 2012 in Seattle. This presentation will go mainly over 3 new features: The Change Data Capture and DQS controls as well as deploying SSIS projects/packages to the… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 1 November 2012

When a Covering Index no longer covers

I received an email from my boss on the morning supervisors approve timesheets. He stated that they are complaining about an error: Deadlock. Searching the SQL Log, I was able to get the details of the deadlocking. We have Trace Flags 1204 and 1222 turned on which provides the details.… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 14 October 2012

Part II - Louis Davidson (Dr SQL)–Designing for Common Problems in SQL Server…continued

The PASS Data Architecture Virtual Chapter will host part II of Designing for Common Problems in SQL Server by Dr. SQL Louis Davidson as he helps application and database developers design and implement SQL Server databases.

I saw Louis at the first PASS Summit I attended in Denver in 2006.… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 9 October 2012

24 Hours of PASS: Hosting Rod Colledge–BI in Sharepoint

The Virtual Chapters of PASS are asked to host sessions during this Fall’s 24 Hours of PASS preview for the PASS Summit in Seattle, WA Nov 5th-9th. The Data Architecture VC gets to host Rod presenting on BI Architecture With SQL 2012 & SharePoint 2010. This is a good… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 18 September 2012

Lookup transformation in SSIS: Performance Improvements

There are 2 suggestions I hear about when performance tuning the Lookup transformation on a large dimension table when getting the surrogate key for a fact table. I hope to introduce here a third.

The first is the caching option.

 

The Full Cache option will cache the whole table… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 28 August 2012

PASS Virtual Chapter August presentations

If you do not know by now, PASS has many virtual chapters that give free webcasts all month long. I have helped chair the Data Architecture VC for the past year or so, started by volunteering  with the Performance VC for about 6 months and have done presentations on the… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 19 August 2012

Louis Davidson (Dr SQL)–Designing for Common Problems in SQL Server

The PASS Data Architecture Virtual Chapter hosts none other than Dr. SQL Louis Davidson as he helps application and database developers design and implement SQL Server databases.

I saw Louis at the first PASS Summit I attended in Denver in 2006. He and Paul Nielsen help me see where data… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 10 August 2012

SQL Saturday #150 & TechDay in Baton Rouge–Sharepoint

This year’s SQLSaturday in Baton Rouge includes a Sharepoint track with 2 local speakers(Cody Gros & Eric Trivette), MCM Tom Resing and Bill Waters. Sharepoint sessions are great for those in the BI field using Microsoft BI stack managing PerformancePoint and PowerView/SSRS integration or SQL Server DBAs having a… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 28 July 2012

PASS Data Architecture presents Ami Levin: Where Are My (Primary) Keys?

I saw Ami Levin at the PASS Summit 2011 presenting on Loop Iterators in Execution Plans. It was on my top 3 sessions last year at the Summit. He has an excellent way of using visuals to explain things. The session for the PASS Data Architecture VC on Thursday (July… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 22 July 2012

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