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Data Warehouse from the Ground Up at SQL Saturday Orlando, FL on Oct. 10th

SQL Saturday #442SQL Saturday #442 is upon us and yours truly will be presenting in Orlando, Florida on October 10th alongside Mitchell Pearson (b|t). The session is scheduled at 10:35 AM and will last until 11:35 AM. I’m very excited to be presenting at SQL Saturday Orlando this year as it’ll be my first presenting this session in person and my first time speaking at SQL Saturday Orlando! If you haven’t registered yet for this event, you need to do that. This event will be top notch!

My session is called Designing a Data Warehouse from the Ground Up. What if you could approach any business process in your organization and quickly design an effective and optimal dimensional model using a standardized step-by-step method? In this session I’ll discuss the steps required to design a unified dimensional model that is optimized for reporting and follows widely accepted best practices. We’ll also discuss how the design of our dimensional model affects a SQL Server Analysis Services solution and how the choices we make during the data warehouse design phase can make or break our SSAS cubes. You may remember that I did this session a while back for Pragmatic Works via webinar. I’ll be doing the same session at SQL Saturday Orlando but on-prem! ;)

So get signed up for this event now! It’s only 11 days away!

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Create Date Dimension with Fiscal and Time

Here are three scripts that create and Date and Time Dimension and can add the fiscal columns too. First run the Dim Date script first to create the DimDate table. Make sure you change the start date and end date on the script to your preference. Then run the add Fiscal Dates scripts to add the fiscal columns. Make sure you alter the Fiscal script to set the date offset amount. The comments in the script will help you with this.

This zip file contains three SQL scripts.

Create Dim Date

Create Dim Time

Add Fiscal Dates

These will create a Date Dimension table and allow you to run the add fiscal script to add the fiscal columns if you desire. The Create Dim Time will create a time dimension with every second of the day for those that need actual time analysis of your data.

Make sure you set the start date and end date in the create dim date script. Set the dateoffset in the fiscal script.

Download the script here:


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Excel Services in SharePoint 2010 Webinar

  • 8 August 2011
  • Author: BradSchacht
  • Number of views: 3805



Tomorrow I will be presenting a webinar at 11 AM eastern time for the Pragmatic Works Training on the T?s.  This month each of the authors of the SharePoint 2010 Business Intelligence 24-Hour Trainer available from Wrox are presenting a topic they covered in the book.  I happened to write the chapter on setting up and deploying Excel services applications.  So tomorrow get ready for awesomeness to overtake your computer screen for an hour while I explain Excel services to you.  We will set up the web application, build a workbook and then deploy it.  This session is not made to give you all the information about Excel services, but it will give you some great insight into how to use it if you are new to SharePoint or considering upgrading to SharePoint 2010.


As always the webinar is a FREE event.  Just head over to to register.  If you aren?t able to make it out you can always view the recording after it is done.  Here is the link to register:


And here are all the details of the session:

Presenter: Bradley Schacht

When: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 11:00 AM ? 12:00 PM EDT

Excel Services is an extremely powerful tool that you can use inside your environment to help improve workflow and collaboration.  In this session Brad will take you from start to finish through the process for getting your new SharePoint 2010 site ready to work with Excel Services.  Some of the topics discussed will include the service application, associating the application with your SharePoint site, data connections and the unattended service account.  Once the site is configured to work with Excel Services we will create a report inside Excel, deploy it and show some of the great features available like embedding portions of the workbook into a dashboard.  After this session you will be able to create a new Excel Services web application and use it to share workbooks in your environment.

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