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Overview of Published Articles – 2015Q2

Here is an overview of the articles I published in the secondt quarter of 2015. INTENSE SCHOOL Book Review: Query Tuning & Optimization by Benjamin Nevarez MSSQLTIPS I’ve been busy writing tips! Purging Entity Members in SQL Server Master Data Services Using the Transaction History in SQL Server Master Data Services Introduction to Power Query for […]

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How to drop a Temporal Table

No no, I didn’t say temporary, but temporal! SQL Server 2016 introduces a great new feature called Temporal Tables. Or in other words, system-versioned tables. We’ll see what catches on. In a gist, such a table keeps track of the history of its rows by the use of some audit columns (start and end date) […]

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Doing a Full Outer Join in Power Query

A while back a give a session at the element61 Microsoft Business Analytics Day, a free event where the capabilities of  the Microsoft BI platform is demonstrated alongside client testimonials. I gave a session called “Drilling across Analysis Services cubes using Power Query”, which talked about how you can use Power Query to do a […]

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SQL Server 2016 CTP 2.1 has been released

Microsoft is all about rapid release cycles nowadays. We already experienced this with Power BI, where monthly new features and improvements have been added. Now SQL Server appears to get the same treatment: SQL Server 2016 CTP 2.1 has just been released. There is nothing groundbreaking in this release – which can be considered as an […]

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Demystifying Power BI – slidedeck

ITPROceed has come to an end and what a great event it was. Kudos to the organizers and all the other speakers! My session went pretty well, at least from my point of view, although I had to rush my demos a bit since there was only a 50 minute time slot. I prepared for […]

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SQL 2016 Preview has been released!

For those who haven’t noticed already: SQL Server 2016 CTP2 (or Preview as some call it) has just been released! This means it is play time! You can either download a copy if you’re old school like me, or you can spin up a VM in Azure like all the cool kids. SQL Server 2016 […]

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Overview of the data visualization books by Stephen Few

I recently finished the book Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis by Stephen Few of Perceptual Edge. Stephen Few is a data visualization guru and his books about designed visualizations has changed my career in BI and how I develop reports and dashboards. Few currently has three books published (with a […]

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The shaky bug in SSIS

You may or may not have noticed it after installing SQL Server 2012: the designer interface in Visual Studio 2010/2012 has had a make-over. Nothing too drastic, but at least the undo button works. However, sometimes when you drag or move tasks/components on the canvas, they start to shake. A lot. And very annoyingly as […]

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Solving a slow running query issue with UNION

That’s right! I will solve a performance issue by adding a UNION into the query. Interested? Read on! I recently encountered a curious issue with a query. The query itself wasn’t exactly rocket science: it read data from a few tables and calculated the start and the end dates of a contract in the SELECT […]

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T-SQL Tuesday #63: How do you manage security

This month’s T-SQL Tuesday is hosted by Kenneth Fisher (blog | twitter) and its subject is about security. Security is one of those subjects that most DBAs have to deal with regardless of specialty. So as something we all have to work with at some point or another what are some tips you’d like to […]

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