Transitioning from Reporting to BI Solutions

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of delivering a 2nd presentation to the Microsoft SQL Server community via the excellent SQL Relay 2013R2. The event, very well organised by Christopher Taylor (@SQLGeordie) and Michael Robson (@HeyMiky), was held at St James Park, home of  Newcastle United. What an excellent venue, for football […]

SQL Relay 2013R2 – Cardiff

I was very pleased to be able to deliver my Star Schema Primer presentation to members of the SQL Server community at the Cardiff leg of the excellent SQL Server Relay 2013R2 event last Wednesday (13.11.2013). There was an excellent turn out and the sun was shining. Go Wales. Thanks very much to the organisers. The […]

Should you bite the hand that feeds you?

Jamie Thompson is an MVP, but more to the point he is a very experienced SSIS developer and a prolific contributor to the SQL Server community. Surely this is why he was awarded an MVP by Microsoft. His recent blog post on GeoFlow (an add-in for Excel that delivers 3D visualisation and story telling) has […]

SQL Santa London

Today I had the very big privilege of delivering my Star Schema Database Primer presentation at the SQL Santa 2012 event, held today at Microsoft in London. The free event, put on by the SQLFAQ group, sold out two weeks prior to the date. A sure sign of the increasing popularity and usage of Microsoft […]

Data Scientists are GO

Was Brains of the Thunderbirds a “data scientist” as well as a genius engineer? If not, which member of the Tracey family designed the world wide data capture system for monitoring disasters & crimes and the necessary analytics system for selecting from that feed the mission for the next episode? International Rescue might have started […]

Star Schema Primer

Tonight I was privileged to be able to make my first presentation within the SQL Server community at the monthly SQL Server Southampton user group. The tagline of the presentation was “the core principles of the Star Schema database, used for decision support solutions and as the bedrock for Analysis Services cubes and the new […]

Developing SSIS solutions on OS X : Part2 – Equipment and software list

(Part 1 – Introduction) Here is my ideal kit list; MacBook Pro 15″ SSD or Momentus hybrid drive Optional conversion of DVD bay to a second HD bay Apple Thunderbolt Display (or similar external monitor) The software that you will need does depend on whether you are operating as an independent consultant or whether you […]

Super(hung out to)Dry

The admission in April 2012 by SuperGroup (the parent company of fashion brand SuperDry), that the entry of a ‘+’ sign instead of a ‘-’ sign on some forecasting figures, led to its 3rd ‘profit’ warning being issued in 6 months. This led to a revised annual profit shortfall of £8m. Robust business intelligence (BI) […]

RTFM and the Software Dummy

Developing software is a rewarding career, but at times it can be tedious and very frustrating. The ability to debug your own code and that written by others is crucial. As those of us working in IT know, from the outside we are all bunched together, but within the industry the skillsets today are extremely […]

The DBA’s addiction

I confess. I have an addiction. Recently I have observed the symptoms in a work associate (also a DBA). I cautiously broached the subject with him and he confessed with a big leering grin on his face. Absolutely hooked. The particular vice I refer to is the marvelleous hard disk drive. They are wonderful things, […]