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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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January 2012 Speaking Events

  • 9 January 2012
  • Author: DevinKnight
  • Number of views: 1762

It has been a quiet past few months while my family has adjusted to having
two new additions (twins!), but I have slowly been working my way back into
several speaking events.  Having said that January is a busy month of events and
I thought I would share them in case you are interested in attending any of

Date: 01/12/2012

Group: South East Michigan SQL Server User Group

Topic: Creating Dashboards with PerformancePoint Services

This is a user group that I will be speaking virtually for but is based in
Detroit.  I’m really looking forward to this one for a couple reasons.  First,
the group is run by Joe Fleming (@MuadDBA) who is a great guy.  I’ve actually
spoke for the group several months ago while Brian Knight and I were in Detroit
for a SSAS Workshop.  The group is also run by Rick Brewis who is by far one of
the best MS Technology Specialist I’ve met.  The other reason I’m looking
forward to this event is because I really love the topic.  PerformancePoint is
such a fun tool and I love showing it off to people and see the “wow” in their
eyes as they imagine using it themselves.

Date: 01/19/2012

Group: Pragmatic Works Webinar

Topic: Extending Reporting Services with Custom Code

This webinar is free and is a
part of the webinar series that Pragmatic Works runs twice a week.  This session
is designed to give you a preview of one of topics that will be discussed in the
new Pragmatic Master SSRS 2008 class.  The class will be taught later in January
and is basically and Advanced Reporting Services class… but hey Master is better
for marketing.

Date: 01/30/2012 – 02/02/2012

Group: Pragmatic Works Training

Topic: Pragmatic Master SSRS 2008

This class is a 4 day class that is 3 hours a day. 
It is designed as “next step” from the traditional SSRS 2008 class that
Pragmatic Works offers.  This is considered an Advanced class so be prepared for
more difficult topics than traditional Reporting Services sessions.  Topics will
include .Net integration, reporting off a cube and scaling Reporting

Full list of speaking events past, present and future can be found on my

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