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«October 2015»

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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Ad-hoc Reporting with SharePoint Recording and Q&A

  • 22 May 2013
  • Author: DevinKnight
  • Number of views: 2971

I hope you were able to attend my free webinar on Ad-hoc Reporting with SharePoint on May 21, 2013.  If you weren’t you can now watch the recording here.

As usual there were many great questions that I wasn’t able to answer and I thought I’d follow up on those now.

Q: In the organization that I work in, SharePoint 2013 is stood up but is somewhat barren, just some team pages. Where would I be able to locate the ReportBuilder environment in a 2013 implementation? Is it apparent on a default 2013 installation? If not is it something I have to :activate” or have the architect activate?

First do the Reporting Services install detailed here.

Then add the SSRS content types to your library, which is detailed here.

Q: Can we create linked reports in a SharePoint integrated Report Server?

No, unfortunately this is one of the few features that you can do with the Native Report Server but doesn’t carry over to SharePoint integrated servers.  Follow this path to find other features not supported

Q: Can you schedule PowerPivot refreshed in SP 2010?  If so, can you recommend links to the information?

Yes, and sure thing!

Q: Once you have consumed that report part and updated it, can you undo the change and go back to the previous (old) report part?

Once you accept a Report Part change you cannot go back to the old version of that report part other than the ol’ Ctrl + Z.

Q: Is this a way to edit the Power View template that opens when you click on the Create New Power View report.  Can you change fonts or add a company logo that would always be available for users starting a new Power View report on your SharePoint site?

Interesting question.  There’s not really a way to create templates like you can with traditional SSRS in Visual Studio.  What you could do is create a Power View report and making it read only.  Then the user could do a ‘save as’ of the read only copy and create their own reports on top of the template.

Also, you can change font as well on the Style tab that I didn’t have time to show.


Q: What tool is he using for drawing?

Its a presenter’s best friend called ZoomIt.  You can download it free at

Q: Can SharePoint not be set to refresh Excel workbooks that are not PowerPivot? You mentioned that was a PowerPivot feature, but what if the Excel points to SSAS directly and you want the data refreshed in the workbook that would be stored in SharePoint? We are just getting started with SharePoint and trying to understand how that works.

It can’t be scheduled like PowerPivot but you could auto refresh an Excel Services report by modifying the connection file used for the report to automatically refresh the data upon opening the file.  Unfortunately that would mean every time it’s opened it would have to rerun the query for the entire report.

Q: How do we get the SharePoint site and/or PowerPivot gallery to show up in the Excel Save As screen?

If you tell it to Save As to a location on your local machine and instead type in a SharePoint URL you can save to your PowerPivot Gallery.  After you do this once anytime you go to the Save As menu you will save a SharePoint listing available.

Q: Is it possible to adjust the PowerPivot refreshing rate within SharePoint to be more than once a day

Yes you can.  In the Data Refresh section you can create a schedule that’s similar to a SQL Agent job schedule which give you lots of flexibility on frequency.

Q: Does the end user need Excel 2013 to use Excel Services when it is loaded to SharePoint?

Love this question because this is a big selling point for latest changes to Excel Services.  The answer is No, as long as they can connect to SharePoint they can use the web interface for Excel Services without needing the client tools installed locally.

Q: Could you and would you use a Cube as a data source for PowerPivot or does that defeat the purpose of using Power Pivot?

Yes it is possible but if you’re considering this the right solution would probably be go back to the data warehouse as a data source rather than the cube.

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