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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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Reporting Services 2008 R2 Report Parts

  • 24 April 2010
  • Author: DevinKnight
  • Number of views: 16919

Reporting Services 2008 R2 has many new great features that I’ve written about lately (Data Bars and Indicators).  Today I wanted to tell you a little about another nice add called Report Parts.  Report Parts allow you the developer to create an object (graphs, charts, tables, etc…) and then your power users that actually develop reports in Report Builder 3.0 to use those objects in the reports they develop. 

As the developer when you want to publish a Report part to the server.  You will use the menu options Report->Publish Report Parts.  Report Parts can be deployed from Report Builder also.


The object is stored on the server and can be picked up inside of Report Builder while developing.


Inside Report Builder a power user can browse the Report Part Gallery to find the Report Part needed for their report.  This looks very similar to the clip art browser in Word.


Another great thing about Report Parts is when you the developer makes a change to the object all the power user has to do is check for updates on it and the Report Builder will automatically update the object.


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