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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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Why Do I Like (LOVE) My Job #MEME15

  • 16 August 2012
  • Author: Kathi Kellenberger
  • Number of views: 2590

It looks like I am a day late to completely follow the rules, but I thought I would chime in anyway on #Meme15. Why do I love my job? If I have talked to you in person lately, you probably know, because you couldn’t get me to stop talking about it!

Here are the top 5 reasons I love my job as a consultant with Pragmatic Works:

5) I love NOT COMMUTING. For 15 years, I commuted from Edwardsville, IL, to St. Louis, and now I get to work from my home.  I am not sure what I am doing with my extra 2+ hours each day, maybe it is just getting more sleep.

4) I travel two weeks per month on average to client sites. So far, the travel has been fun because I know people all over the country to meet up with during the evening. For example, I had dinner with Tim Mitchell and his wife while working near Dallas and met with Rick Morelan while working in Bothel, WA. I get to go to cool restaurants and see the sites. Except for working for the client, it’s almost like a vacation.  I knew that I would have so much fun in Phoenix that I didn’t even come home during the weekend and stayed there a straight two weeks.   I was not disappointed!

3) Pragmatic Works not only encourages their consultants to learn new skills, we are rewarded for doing so. PW is the model for professional development. I love learning new things!

2) I love writing and teaching. At Pragmatic Works, I get to do everything I love to do.

1) And the number one reason I love working for Pragmatic Works: I love being a superstar and PW lets me be one!

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