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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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T-SQL Tuesday #13 - From A SQL Server Developer’s Point Of View

  • 14 December 2010
  • Author: Jason Bacani
  • Number of views: 3717

T-SQL Tuesday

Originally posted at

So I saw the topic this time around for T-SQL Tuesday #13 as “What the Business Says Is Not What the Business Wants”.  And then I read the fine print of “What issues have you had in interacting with the business to get your job done?”  After seeing this, I was determined I needed to chime in and add my two and half cents…

You see, I am a SQL Server Developer.  I am not a DBA.  I have some DBA power, but that’s a topic for another post…  However, I do not perform back ups nor monitor SQL Server traffic or such.  Instead, I develop applications that work with SQL Server, and recently more often, I troubleshoot existing production applications that use SQL Server.  As a developer and more importantly, as an IT Professional, I take pride in the work I do because I follow the concepts of the SDLC-- the software development life cycle.  More specifically, I like receiving code specifications and requirements via BRDs (business requirements documents) or help desk tickets, and I like following change control policies of ensuring code deployment of the work I do performs and works correctly when deployed across development, QA (quality assurance), and ultimately in production environments.

  What the customer/business really needed…

What the customer/business really needed… 

But here’s the thing.  The business wants something done right away.  Correction… They want it yesterday.  So what do we often do?  Well, in my experiences, I have seen IT development teams slam code directly into production.

Slamming a square peg into a round hole… The IT way?

Slamming a square peg into a round hole… The IT way?

The developer even has direct access to make changes in production, to either implement code or business processes directly, or even to affect data changes to SQL Server!  “OMG!”, right?  “Say it isn’t so!”  But yes, in the small shop I work with, it happens.  And it happens because the business wants it to happen.

But isn’t it the same business that’s telling IT to follow proper procedures?  Isn’t it the same business that’s telling IT to have separate roles where only DBA's have production data access and not developers?  Isn’t it the same business that’s telling IT to test and ensure all applications work properly before being deployed?  Why, yes it is.

Just say no to the SDLC!

Just say no to the SDLC!

Don’t get me wrong.  The business is not solely to blame on this; IT is not absolved of their involvement.  But it takes IT… It takes SQL Server professionals to make a stand and declare such direction as wrong and not possible.  Sure, the risks must be weighed against the business need, but following SDLC and following change control isn’t simply a topic in IT Management school; it’s sound policy that allows us SQL Server professionals—DBA and Developers and all—to have the ultimate pride in our work.

So again, what issues have you had in interacting with the business to get your job done?  Well, it’s not about getting the job done.  To me, it’s about getting the job done properly and correctly.

How the programmer/developer wrote it.

How the programmer/developer wrote it.

Oh.  As part of my two and half cents, I am sure many of you have seen this, but do check out The Project Cartoon site at  That’s where the tree images come from.  It’s a humorous view of projects and I think some of the images fit clearly with the topic “What the Business Says Is Not What the Business Wants”.

Thanks for reading!!!


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