Monthly Archives: September 2013

SQL Server 2014: Partition Improvements

SQL Server 2014 has enhancements to two common database maintenance operations:Partition Switching and Online Index Rebuild.  This will greatly increase enterprise application availability by reducing maintenance downtime impact. The two new features are: Managed Lock Priority: This allows you to manage the … Continue reading

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Data Warehouse vs Master Data Managment

Sometimes I see confusion on the difference between a data warehouse (DW) and master data management (MDM).  Below is a good list of how they differ.  Note the typical scenario is the data in a MDM database is fed into … Continue reading

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Power BI for Office 365 preview released

I first blogged about Power BI for Office 365 two months ago (see Power BI for Office 365) when it was announced.  Microsoft has started inviting participants subscribed to the Power BI for Office 365 Preview to test the prerelease version … Continue reading

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SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) – August 2013 update

SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) has a new update: VS 2010: August 2013 version: 10.3.30822.0, June 2013 version: 10.3.30618.1, December 2012 version: 10.3.21208.0, November 2012 version: 10.3.21101.1, September 2012 version: 10.3.20905.0, initial version: 10.3.20225.0 VS 2012: August 2013 version: 11.1.30822.0, June 2013 version: 11.1.30618.1, December … Continue reading

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Microsoft Certified Master program killed

The Certified Master and Architect community was collectively notified Friday, August 30, at 10PM PST that the Certified Master (MCM/MCSM) and Certified Architect (MCA) programs are dead.  The email transcript has been reported by Neil Johnson.  For those of you who … Continue reading

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Presentation Slides for Building an Effective Data Warehouse Architecture

Thanks to everyone who attended my session “Building an Effective Data Warehouse Architecture” at the Houston Area SQL Server User Group Monthly Meeting.  The abstract is below.  I hope you enjoyed it! Here is the PowerPoint presentation: Building an Effective Data Warehouse Architecture Building … Continue reading

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SQLBits XI videos online

All the videos for this popular conference are online (69 of them).  Take a look at the recorded sessions at http://sqlbits.com/content/Event11.  All are free to watch!

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Vendor Management Systems

A vendor management system (VMS) is a web-based application that acts as a mechanism for businesses to manage and procure staffing services (temporary and permanent) as well as outside contract or contingent labor. Typical features of a VMS application include order … Continue reading

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Presentation Slides for Building an Effective Data Warehouse Architecture

Thanks to everyone who attended my session “Building an Effective Data Warehouse Architecture” for the PASS DBA Fundamentals Virtual Chapter.  The abstract is below and the recording of the session will be available soon here.  I hope you enjoyed it! Here is the … Continue reading

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Building an Effective Data Warehouse Architecture Presentation

I will be presenting the session “Building an Effective Data Warehouse Architecture” today at 11am CST for the PASS DBA Fundamentals Virtual Chapter.  Info about watching the presentation online is here, and the abstract for my session is below.  I hope … Continue reading

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