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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 #48: Head in the Cloud

  • 12 November 2013
  • Author: Kathi Kellenberger
  • Number of views: 2266

It's T-SQL Tuesday again! This time my colleague Jorge Segarra (@sqlchicken) is the host and the topic is Cloud Atlas.

A few years ago I was teaching SSRS for a training company in St. Louis. A gentleman in the class had worked at a local pharmaceutical company for over ten years doing the same job in exactly the same way. The man had been laid off from the company as they made cuts during the downturn in the economy. He was now taking all the SQL Server classes at the training center as part of the deal he received when he lost his job.

Despite over 10 years in IT, he struggled with the class. Every time he couldn’t get something to work, he would say “That’s Microsoft for you.” He admitted he was woefully behind on current technologies because his company would not pay for any training while he was there. I’m wondering if he just never approached his manager asking if he could take a class or buy a book. But, even if they would not pay for training that is not an excuse to ignore what is going on in the world of technology. It is important to invest in yourself and your skills in whatever way you can. There are a ton of free resources available, and it just takes some discipline on your part to learn something new every day.

So, what should you be learning about today? What is the fast approaching future? I think one of the most important topics to pay attention to today is the cloud. Using the cloud, companies can create applications that scale out on demand paying only for the resources they use. It’s probably just a matter of time before the company you work for is taking advantage of cloud services if they are not already.

So, how can you learn about the cloud? If you have an MSDN license, you can experiment with Microsoft Azure services for free. You can spin up a VM already loaded with SQL Server 2014, create an Azure SQL Database, and much more. If you don’t have an MSDN license, you can take advantage of a free trial. Outside of Microsoft Azure, there are many other cloud vendors such as Amazon.

We are heading to a new world in IT; don’t get left behind.



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