Monthly Archives: July 2012

Syncing your contacts

In the same vein as my blog post about Syncing your calendars, I wanted to post how to sync your contacts in Outlook, Gmail (Google Contacts), and iPhone: – Transfer your Outlook contacts to Gmail via Transfer contacts between Outlook and … Continue reading

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Visual Studio 2012 does not support BI

UPDATE 3/6/13: VS 2012 now supports BI!  Check out Microsoft SQL Server Data Tools – Business Intelligence for Visual Studio 2012 In the same vein as my post Watch out, Visual Studio 2010 does not support BI, Visual Studio 2012 does … Continue reading

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TechEd Europe 2012 videos online

Microsoft has posted ALL the session videos for TechEd Europe 2012 and they are available for free!  What a great way to learn all about SQL Server 2012.  Check them out here.

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SSRS does not require IIS

Starting with SQL Server Reporting 2008 Reporting Services (SSRS) was the removal of the Internet Information Services (IIS) dependency, so you do not need to install IIS on the machine that you will install SSRS.  This only applies when you configure it … Continue reading

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How to use LinkedIn to enhance your career

LinkedIn is a great resource to improve your career.  It has definitely worked for me as the last 5-6 jobs I have been hired for was because a recruiter found me through LinkedIn or I noticed a job posting on LinkedIn.  And … Continue reading

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Microsoft PivotViewer

Microsoft PivotViewer is a really cool Silverlight web-based control that provides a visual way to interact with massive amounts of data (download).  It allows you to present thousands of things at once and visualize them in a way that exposes value from the … Continue reading

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Blueprint for consulting riches

As a business intelligence architect consultant, I have met many people out there who are as good or better than me in building business intelligence solutions, yet earn much less than I do.  Why you ask?  In the past 18 … Continue reading

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SQL Server table partition switching

If you are using partitions in SQL Server, be aware that “partition switching” is a great feature to quickly truncate partitions or to load data in parallel. To truncate a partition: Create a staging table with the schema structure matching the … Continue reading

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Comparing DirectQuery and ROLAP for real-time access

In the multidimensional model in SSAS, there is a storage mode called relational OLAP (ROLAP), which is the multidimensional solution for allowing real-time access to relational data sources and uses MDX queries.  In the tabular model in SSAS, the solution … Continue reading

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