Monthly Archives: October 2012

SQL Server 2012: New Business Intelligence features

SQL Server 2012 has many new Business Intelligence (BI) features and enhancements.  Here are my top 12, in order of importance: Power View.  A fun, visual, and powerful drag-and-drop ad-hoc reporting tool.  It is a web-based end-user BI tool based … Continue reading

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Using PerformancePoint against tabular data

PerformancePoint (PPS) is typically used against multidimensional data sources (i.e. Analysis Services), but it does have the ability, albeit limited, to work against tabular data sources such as SQL Server tables, SharePoint Lists, Excel Services, Import From Excel Workbooks, and even PowerPivot (with … Continue reading

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Master Data Services (MDS): Miscellaneous tips

I have come across a number of tips while using MDS.  These are tips not big enough for their own blog post, so I list them all here: To “hide” an attribute in the MDS Excel add-in, set the pixel … Continue reading

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Should a placement firm tell you what they are billing the client?

As a 1099 consultant, I usually use a placement firm to find a contract job.  I always ask the placement firm what rate they are billing the client.  They usually tell me.  When they don’t, it’s a sure sign that … Continue reading

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MDS: Copying models and data to another server

Having recently completed a model in Master Data Services (MDS), I needed to move the model from a development environment to a QA environment.  Below is some helpful tips if you need to do the same, along with details on … Continue reading

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24 Hours of PASS videos online

All the videos for the sessions at 24 Hours of PASS (Fall 2012) are available for free.  Check the session schedule for a complete list.  Enjoy!

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Interacting with Master Data Services (MDS)

There are five different way to interact with Master Data Services (MDS) to do things such as create a model, load data into MDS, manage business rules, versioning, etc. Master Data Manager Web User Interface (“UI”), also called the Master Data Manager Web … Continue reading

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MDS Error: “Cannot insert the value NULL into column ‘Code'”

In Microsoft Data Services (MDS), when running a stored procedure to process a staging table (stg.udp_name_Leaf), I received this error: “Cannot insert the value NULL into column ‘Code’, table ‘MDS2012.mdm.tblStgErrorDetail'; column does not allow nulls. INSERT fails.” As described in … Continue reading

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Master Data Services (MDS): Bug deleting an attribute

UPDATE on 11/28/2012:  I had this same error when trying to delete a model.  Fortunately, SQL Server 2012 SP1 has fixed this bug! In Master Data Services (MDS), when trying to delete an attribute in an entity, I received the … Continue reading

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Master Data Services: Copy Versions

In Master Data Services (MDS), you can use the Master Data Manager Web User Interface “UI” to copy a version of a model and create a new version of it (via the Version Management screen).  However, you may find the “Copy” … Continue reading

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