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19 April
2017
Author: SteveHughes

Thoughts about the Microsoft Data Amp Announcements

Microsoft conducted a live event called Microsoft Data Amp to announce a number of key features and releases for SQL Server on premises and data platforms in Azure (such as Azure SQL DB and Azure Data Lake). Some of these include features that I have been waiting to see. Here are some of...
14 April
2017
Author: SteveHughes

Power BI and Data Security – Row Level Security (RLS)

As Power BI becomes more prevalent in data analytics and visualization within the enterprise, data security becomes a significant concern. Power BI at its best is deployed to the Power BI service hosted on Microsoft’s Azure platform. Every enterprise should understand the level of security...
13 April
2017
Author: SteveHughes

Power BI and Data Security – Data Classification and Privacy Levels

As Power BI becomes more prevalent in data analytics and visualization within the enterprise, data security becomes a significant concern. Power BI at its best is deployed to the Power BI service hosted on Microsoft’s Azure platform. Every enterprise should understand the level of security...
12 April
2017
Author: SteveHughes

Power BI and Data Security – On-premises Data Gateway

As Power BI becomes more prevalent in data analytics and visualization within the enterprise, data security becomes a significant concern. Power BI at its best is deployed to the Power BI service hosted on Microsoft’s Azure platform. Every enterprise should understand the level of security...
11 April
2017
Author: SteveHughes

Power BI and Data Security – Sharing Data

As Power BI becomes more prevalent in data analytics and visualization within the enterprise, data security becomes a significant concern. Power BI at its best is deployed to the Power BI service hosted on Microsoft’s Azure platform. Every enterprise should understand the level of security...
10 April
2017
Author: SteveHughes

Power BI and Data Security – Compliance and Encryption

As Power BI becomes more prevalent in data analytics and visualization within the enterprise, data security becomes a significant concern. Power BI at its best is deployed to the Power BI service hosted on Microsoft’s Azure platform. Every enterprise should understand the level of security...
14 February
2017
Author: SteveHughes

T-SQL Tuesday #87 – Fixing Old Problems with Shiny New Toys: STRING_SPLIT

Thanks to Matt Gordon (@atsqlspeed) for hosting this T-SQL Tuesday. Splitting Strings in SQL A problem that has plagued SQL developers through the years is splitting strings. Many techniques have been used as more capabilities were added to SQL Server including XML datatypes, recursive CTEs and...
09 February
2017
Author: SteveHughes

Consumption Based Architecture for Modern Data Analytics

Throughout many years of working with BI solutions and data warehouse solutions, we have strived to put all the data in one location so it could be easily consumed by reporting and analysis tools from SQL Server Reporting Services to Microsoft Excel. We have followed the dimensional modeling...
19 September
2016
Author: SteveHughes

North Texas SQL Server User Group – September 2016 Follow

Thanks for attending my presentation on window functions in TSQL during the September 15, 2016. I hope you learned something you can take back and use in your projects or at your work. You will find an link to the session and code I used below. If you have any questions about the session post...
28 April
2016
Author: SteveHughes

Power BI Is Finally in the Azure Trust Center

With the most recent announcement of Power BI’s inclusion in the Azure Trust Center, it is a good time to review where we are today with Power BI security and compliance as it relates to various customer needs. I do a lot of work with financial, energy, and medical customers. These groups...