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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 #014!!! Resolutions!!! Yeah, baby!!!

  • 10 January 2011
  • Author: Jason Bacani
  • Number of views: 4300







T-SQL Tuesday #014!!! Resolutions!!! Yeah, baby!!! (Imagine that said in the tone of Austin Powers, and you get the vibe of this post!)

Yeah, baby!...

So first, the formalities. The original post is hosted by However, the topic for T-SQL #014 is found here on 

So it looks like Jen McCown from SQL Awesomesauce (Twitter | Blog ) had the grand idea of picking resolutions as the topic for T-SQL Tuesday #014… While cool and all, I do wonder what next year’s January host will pick, now that Resolutions has been chosen… Could it be, 2012 Resolutions in the face of world annihilation?... I just wonder…

T-SQL Tuesday January 2012, anyone???...

So for me, resolutions, eh?... To be honest, I dislike resolutions. I mean, I ought to be improving myself regularly if not daily; I must strive to better myself professionally and personally, as well as emotionally and spiritually. But since this is about T-SQL or anything SQL related, let’s stick to the professional.

So I bought during Christmas as a gift to myself a new laptop. Nothing to wow at, but it’s a basic I3 Sony 15.5" VAIO. Yes, I like my brand names, so I got my new Sony laptop at a reasonable price. Mind you, now, I’ve been working at home with Windows Vista and Mac Leopard OS, so Windows 7 is actually quite new. But one of the many reasons in the laptop purchase was to get more familiarity with Windows 7. But really, the laptop would mean much, much more that gaining experience with Windows 7. To me, it was just a bold step to learning more and more about MS BI.

 Star Trek Poster

To boldy go...

So I know my strengths… I am good at T-SQL… However, it’s coupled with being an SME on the data at my company. And that data resides on SQL Server 2000. Yes… 2000. We do have three production SQL Server 2005 servers: (1) for applications, (2) for SSRS, and (3) for MS BizTalk. But we still have more of a reliance on data in 2000 servers over 2005. Bottom line: I am not learning the new stuff…

So I got myself a new laptop with Windows 7. Over the holiday break, I installed a virtual machine. That went well for it being the first time I ever done something like this. I then proceeded to install SQL Server 2008 R2, and now I can also honestly say, I have my own copy of the AdventureWorks database! Yay!

Ice Age 4, Continental Drift, movie, poster 

From the ice ages to...

Now I am sure many are thinking that this is old news to them, but to me, it’s all new. I am used to having a DBA have the environment all set up. I would quote-unquote "data mine" and learn about the data and the data structures within. I would leverage my T-SQL skills set to build new SPs and enhance existing ones. I would be able to find data discrepancies, and be able to create queries to find data efficiently within the systems. But again, I was still working in the Ice Ages of SQL Server 2000. Sure, there’s the web for learning, and SQL Saturdays and Code Camps and Pass Summit and SQL Rally, but now it’s time for me to get my hands wet on the real deal…


...To the future

So wrapping it and tying it together. I got a new laptop. I got VM running. I got SQL Server 2008 R2 up and running. I even got a few books.  I am signed up for SQL Saturday #62 in Tampa this weekend, and I'll be at the PreCon for Business Intelligence End-to-End.  Now, with my ‘resolution’, so to speak, I need to practice what I am learning here at BIDN, SQLServerCentral, SQLServerPedia, et cetera… I need to practice on my own what I am learning from free training from SQL Saturday,, SQLPass, Pragmatic Works, SSWUG, Idera, MSSQLTips, and the like. I need to shore up my experience with SSRS by working with 2008 R2; I need to spend more time learning more and more about SSIS on 2008 R2; And I need to get started with SSAS 2008 R2. The laptop is just the tool. The rest, are my resolutions.

Thanks for listening, and look for more on what I am doing to learn more and more. And for those going, see you at SQL Saturday in Tampa on January 15!!!

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