Monthly Archives: November 2013

SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) – October 2013 update

Since my last post about the SSDT update for August, there have been two updates, each containing one fix: The September 2013 release has a targeted fix for the Schema Compare error when working with large display text or high … Continue reading

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Power BI for Office 365 video

A demonstration of Power BI for Office 365, showing you how all the various tools and technologies work together: Power Query, Power Pivot, Power View, Power Map, Power BI sites, Data Management, Power BI Admin center, Power BI for mobile, … Continue reading

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Create video presentations

I recorded my first video presentation and demo using the screen recording and video editing software called Camtasia Studio for Windows. It’s a great product that makes it easy to create videos that includes demos.  They also have a nice list … Continue reading

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SQL Server Data Tools BI (SSDT-BI) for SQL Server 2014

Last month I blogged that SQL Server Data Tools for SQL Server 2014 CTP2 now available.  You can download that here.  This will run the SSDT install (not a SQL Server 2014 install).  This installs the Visual Studio 2012 shell, and … Continue reading

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Power BI first impressions

I have been using Power BI the past few weeks (see my video of all the features) after I was invited by Microsoft to test the Power BI for Office 365 Preview (register here).  I have to say I am extremely impressed. … Continue reading

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Tabular model: Not ready for prime time?

While the tabular model in SSAS makes it much easier to build cubes than the multidimensional model, I am not seeing it used as much as I expected.  One reason is if you are a BI developer and have been … Continue reading

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Fast-Track Data Warehouse for Windows Azure

Microsoft has introduced an image into the Windows Azure Virtual Machine Gallery that is pre-optimized for a Fast Track Data Warehouse (FTDW) workload.  FTDW is a reference configuration optimized for data warehousing.  Not only is there an image for SQL Server 2012 SP1 … Continue reading

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Windows Azure SQL Reporting discontinued

Windows Azure SQL Reporting was the new name of the reporting services component (which was formerly known as SQL Azure Reporting Services) that went live June 12, 2012. However today, October 31, 2013, notification went out to current Windows Azure SQL … Continue reading

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